The ceremony dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Mourning took place on June 22 at the site of the Nazi concentration camp “Crveni Krst” in the city of Niš. The events took place in the park, completely restored by the city authorities for the memorable date. The ceremony began at the Monument to the Red Army soldiers who died in the battles for Nis – in memory of the heroes, a marble arch with a bell was erected by the RSHC staff.
At the foot of the monument there is a bronze plaque with the names of the victims. Flowers to the monument were laid by the Ambassador of Russia to Serbia A. Botan-Kharchenko, the head of Rossotrudnichestvo E. Primakov, the head of the intergovernmental committee for cooperation with Russia, Minister N. Popovich, the delegation of the Armed Forces of Serbia, the Russian-Serbian humanitarian center in Nis, the administration of Nis and neighboring municipalities, police, members of public organizations, Russian compatriots.
As the Ambassador of the Russian Federation stated, June 22 is a day of great sorrow and memory “of those who, not sparing themselves, fought for the truth.” Then the participants of the ceremony planted trees in the restored park, after which they opened in the museum of the concentration camp a new exhibition of the Victory Museum “The enemy will be defeated. Victory will be ours”. The concentration camp “Crveni Krst” (“Red Cross”) in Niš was established by the Germans in 1941. During its existence (until September 1944) at least 30 thousand people passed through it, 10 thousand were shot.