On April 22, management and staff of Gazprom International's headquarters in Amsterdam took part in an event dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from Germany's largest women's concentration camp, Ravensbrück.
As part of this annual memorial event, a meeting was held in the center of Amsterdam with participation from former prisoners of the concentration camp, representatives of the CVR Foundation (Stichting Comité Vrouwenconcentratiekamp) and city authorities. Residents and guests of the Dutch capital laid wreaths at the monument to the victims of Ravensbrück at the Museumplein square. Afterwards, a small concert was held.
On the same day, according to the established tradition for the action participants, a charity lunch was organized at Gazprom International's headquarters in Amsterdam.
"On this day, a day of remembrance for the victims of the Ravensbrück concentration camp, we pay tribute and loving memory to everyone whose lives were innocently ended behind the barbed wire of the fascist concentration camps, and we honor those few who managed to survive the terrible ordeals. We post-war generations have no moral right to forget what unbelievable price was paid for victory over fascism. We must remember and make every effort so that the horrors of war never happen again, that peace and a clear sky prevail in the world," said Olga Gugina, Managing Director of Gazprom International.
Ravensbrück is a Third Reich concentration camp located in northeast Germany, 90 km north of Berlin. It existed from May 1939 to late April 1945. It was the Nazis' largest women's concentration camp. During the entirety of its existence, there were about
150,000 registered female prisoners of different ages and nationalities: Polish, Jewish, Russian, French, Dutch, etc.
At the end of April 1945, Soviet Red Army troops liberated just three thousand surviving women who were nearly starved to death and subject to cruel Nazi medical experiments and back-breaking physical labor.
Gazprom International (registered in the Netherlands) is a 100% subsidiary of PJSC Gazprom and acts as the operator of its foreign upstream projects.
The company has been participating in CVR Fund events since 2014.