Trostenets Memorial Complex
Trostenets is the largest place of mass destruction of people in the territory of Belarus during the years of the Nazi occupation. In terms of the number of victims, it ranks fourth after such notorious Nazi death camps in Europe as Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka. The name “Trostenets” unites several places of mass destruction of people in 1941-1944: the Blagoveshchina tract – the place of mass executions; the camp itself – near the village of Maly Trostenets; the Shashkovka tract – the place of mass burning of people. In total, 206,5 thousand people died here from 1941 to 1944 – Soviet prisoners of war, Jews of Belarus and Western European states, underground workers and partisans, residents of Minsk. The main element of the memorial complex is the “Gate of Memory”. It symbolizes the connection between the world of the dead and the world of the living.