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Khatyn Memorial, Lahojsk District

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At Khatyn Memorial, see the sculpture of the only survivor of Khatyn--a village burned by the Nazi punishment battalion in World War II. The 6 m (19.7 ft) tall bronze sculpture represents a grieving father holding the lifeless body of his son. The sculpture stands amid 26 bare chimneys with bells--creating an image of a burned village. The bells of Khatyn ring every hour to remind people about this horrible crime against humanity. The memorial was built on the site of the former village in 1969. A handful of soil from each of the 185 burned Belarusian villages was brought to Khatyn to create a symbolic graveyard. Add Khatyn Memorial to your Lahojsk travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lahojsk itinerary maker.
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  • Visited the Memorial twice, both times in the trip with children. Yes travelled specially with students! the first time when the eldest child was 11 years old. And second to consolidate 14 years memory, yes it is to consolidate genetic and ancestral memory to "good Uncle" not rewrote worldview child! I think just the necessary visits to such places, for the correct perception of the history of our great Motherland, and not only in the narrow confines of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and others. Namely, the great Motherland, which always defended their children, whatever nationality we were not. But it's lyrics. but the fact remains very dignified Memorial represents the real truth of the bloody and barbarous war. Takes for a living and not just children. You would have seen how men roar when visiting the Memorial. Recommend highly and necessarily with children!
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  • Haunting and historical. It is hard to believe the level of distruction caused by WWII. Most memorable part of my visit to Minsk. 
  • The place is very atmospheric and reminiscent of thought on war and peace, life and death. Nothing to say here, it's just to see, understand and feel. Everyone in this place thinks about her and returns a slightly different person because it is impossible to forget. P.s. Surprised tourists photograph themselves and children against the backdrop of monument and Memorial ... This is quite an awful situation. Anyway what to do against a backdrop of selfi barracks of Auschwitz.
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