Pine cross

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The tree on which the partisans were hung during World War II


During the life of the tree, as many trials fell as the share of the land, where it grew from a pine seed. A tree of an unusual shape had grown long before the events of that sad spring, and none of the surrounding residents practically knew for the time being what an evil fate befell the unusual pine tree - the symbol of the crucifixion.

In 1941, Polesie was occupied by German invaders. The Germans, a practical nation, saw in a pine tree with mighty lateral branches the natural beams for the gallows. And rumors spread across the occupied land about a strange tree on which the Nazis would execute captured partisans. One of the legends says that once nature itself rebelled against such an outrage, this was not the purpose of the pine, not to execute, but to please everyone with its mighty appearance. The German executioner tied a rope to a branch for the next victim, but he stumbled, fell down from a three-meter height and crashed. But this did not stop the Nazis. They stuffed iron braces on the sides of the tree trunk, and the executioner, tying the ropes, climbed these terrible supports.

After the war, embroidered towels were hung on these iron brackets on Victory Day - as a memory of the martyrs who died for the Motherland. They were embroidered by two mothers: a Ukrainian - her daughter, a partisan, was hanged by the Nazis, and a Russian, from the Urals - her son, a soldier, was executed on a pine tree. He was surrounded and went to the partisans. He was wounded in a shootout, captured and executed - after terrible torture, he was hanged on that pine tree. The soldier's mother arrived after the war, found eyewitnesses to that execution, cried by that pine tree, and remained in Polesie, where her son died.
Until 1985, towels appeared on that pine tree every spring. Every spring, but not in 1986. This tradition was interrupted by the evacuation caused by the Chernobyl dash. Villages and villages in the 30-kilometer zone were depopulated. The earth, crucified on the cross of the fourth reactor, was empty. But the radiation did not interrupt the memory. And this mighty pine tree was not touched by the axes and saws of the liquidators during the burial of the red forest in which it was located.

On the land that looked like a sandy desert, a crucifixion tree remained a sign of memory and misfortune. Next to it is a white granite slab with a scarlet star. On the slab there are lines from a poem by Ivan Nidilko:

And you, walking in the spring,
Stop! And bow low to her ...
Yes, this pine tree,
A pine tree that has become an obelisk.

Those who have been to the nuclear power plant after April 86 remember this pine tree. And many who watched the film "The Bell of Chernobyl" remembered the unusual tree that appeared more than once in the frame. The "cross" of that pine tree also flamed on the badges of the delegates of the First Chernobyl Congress.

To our great regret, this powerful symbol of that era is now rotting in one of the collective farms in the open air. And with it rotting, and our history ... It is a pity that such a unique monument of our history was abandoned to the mercy of fate.

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