Witnesses to the tragedy

Only six people are recognized as witnesses to the tragedy of Khatyn. They are 5 children and an only adult.

Yaskevich Vladimir Antonovich, born in 1930 in the village of Khatyn.
Stayed at the children's home of Pleshinitsy. Studied at the vocational school No. 9. Worked as a turner at the Minsk automobile plant. Served in the army, then came back to the Minsk automobile plant in 1952. He began his career as a turner and progressed to a shop foreman. He retired in 1993. He lived in the village of Kozyry in Logoisk region. Died in 2008.

(from left to right) V. A. Yaskevich, V. A. Zhelobkovich, S. A. Fiokhina (Yaskevich) at the memorial complex "Khaytn" in 1985

Yaskevich (Fiokhina) Sofia Antonovna, born in 1934 in the village of Khatyn.
Stayed at the children's home of Pleshinitsy. Studied at the vocational school of communication No. 15 in Brest. Worked as a typist at a post office in Minsk. She is now in pension and lives in Minsk. She has two sons and a granddaughter.

Zhelobkovich Viktor Andreevich, born in 1934 in the village of Khatyn.
Stayed at the children's home of Pleshinitsy. Studied at a vocational school. Worked as a moulder at the machine tools plant. Served in the army, then came back to the plant. Studied at and graduated from the Polytechnical University at evening classes specializing in mechanical engineering. He worked at the design office of precise engineering. Now he lives in Minsk and has a daughter and a granddaughter.

Zhelobkovich Alexander Petrovich, born in 1930 in the village of Khatyn.
Stayed at the children's home of Pleshinitsy. Studied at a military school, then at the Military Academy. Served in the armed forces. Then was a reserve lieutenant colonel. Died in 1994.

Baranovsky Anton Iosifovich, born in 1930 in the village of Khatyn.
Stayed at the children's home of Pleshinitsy. Then lived in Minsk and died tragically in 1969.

Kaminsky Iosif Iosifovich, born in 1887.
He lived in the village of Kozyry after the war. He often used to come to Khatyn when he was alive. Died in 1973 and was buried in Logoisk.

2005 SMC "Khatyn", http://khatyn.by/