You will not find this small Belorussian village on any of the most detailed geographic map today. It was destroyed by fascists in spring 1943.
Khatyn, a former village in Logoisk region of Minsk area in Belarus, has become a symbol of the tragedy of the Belorussian people, a mournful page in the history of the Great Patriotic War.
The memorial complex which embodies the idea of courage and rebelliousness of the people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the victory was constructed at the place of the destroyed village of Khatyn in 1969. It commemorates every fourth citizen (or 2 230 000 Belorussians) who perished in the war.
The history of the tragedy