On September 16 th Eindhoven will commemorate the disappeared Belarusians and will witness the premier of the new documentary about “Belarusian police state”


On Sunday September 16th , 2018, which marks the 19th anniversary of the involuntary disappearance of Viktor Gonchar and Anatoly Krasovsky, the city of Eindhoven, Netherlands, commemorates the two men, as well as disappeared Yuri Zakharenko and Dmitry Zavadsky. It is the 11th annual commemoration ceremony in Eindhoven dedicated to the four prominent Belarusians.

The ceremony will traditionally take place at the site of the living memorial — the four trees. The four trees symbolize disappeared Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovsky and Dmitry Zavadsky.

The ceremony will be opened by daughter of Anatoly Krasovsky, Valeriya. Mary-Ann Schreurs(Municipality of Eindhoven), Christie Midema (Amnesty International), Ton Kitzen (FNV) will hold a speech. Jessica Bartels (Eindhoven city poet) will read her poem that she wrote especially for this sad occasion. Poet Leo Mesman will read his poem Four Trees which he wrote back in 2008 and which is engraved on the memorial board.

The event is organized by Amnesty International, FNV and We Remember. The organizers cordially
invite you to attend the commemoration ceremony. It will take place on Sunday September 16 th
from 14:00 – 15:00 at Paradijslaan (corner Frederik van Eedenplein).

Following the commemoration, film Through Death and Destruction – Impressions from Belarusian police state will be shown in the auditorium of the Van Abbe museum. The film will start at 15.15. This is the premier of the on-going documentary project of Dutch journalist and film maker Boris Braak. The film premier is open for attendance and is free of charge. However, if you are planning to attend and do possess a museum jaarkaart please take it with you in order to be scanned.
For more information (in Dutch) please refer to the official web-site of the event: