The team of the College of Architecture and Construction being a part of the Inter-State Educational Institution of Higher Education “Belarusian-Russian University” was awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee for their significant contribution to organizing activities on the creation of the memorial complex “In Memory of Burnt Villages of Mogilev Oblast” in the village of Borki, Kirovsk district.
Borki is a village in Kirovsk district of the Mogilev region, situated 65 km away from the city of Mogilev, 27 km away from the town of Kirovsk. June 15, 2020 marks the 78th anniversary of the terrible tragedy in the village of Borki, when in the course of a large punitive operation the Nazis shot and burned more than 2,000 civilians.
The village of Borki experienced the same tragedy as the village of Khatyn, and it is symbolic that the soil with the ashes of the perished inhabitants of Borki was buried at the Khatyn Cemetery of Burnt Villages of Belarus as edification to descendants, as a call to preserve world peace. People regularly visit the village of Borki. Every year, on the last Sunday of August, a requiem meeting is held there in memory of the people burned by the Nazis. On June 20, 2020, a ceremony to unveil a renovated memorial complex “In Memory of Burnt Villages of Mogilev Oblast” took place in the village of Borki. The memorial complex consists of four main sculptural compositions: “Belarus - Grieving Mother”, the Street, the path that the villagers walked on the way to death, “Flame”, the place where the villagers were burned, and “Well”, the place of mourning and memory of tortured children thrown alive in the wells.
A team of young architects had been working on the memorial for 7 months. The teacher of architectural disciplines of the college Maria Levashova took part in the project. The Architecture students Daniil Onopka and Dmitry Khlopkov, under the guidance of the teacher of architectural disciplines Vasily Moskalev, made a model of the complex.
The Great Patriotic War is one of the most painful pages in the annals of our Motherland. And today our common task is to preserve the memory of those terrible days, to develop a respectful attitude towards older people, to maintain peace gained at such a high cost.
Eternal memory to the victims of the war! Gratitude and respect for veterans! Let there be a peaceful sky above our heads!