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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

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Address: Strasse zwischen Chao Bom und Tarrafal, Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde

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Goose-bumps.

Historic site. Concentrationcamp for (political) prisoners from the the Portugese Salazar-periode. Goose-bumps if you see under what conditions they were kept in prison. Very low... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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WInnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

It is interesting to note that the Portuguese thought to build this monstrous camp at the same time that the French had decided to close their tropical hell-hole. Although the signage is only in Portuguese, an English (or French, or German) leaflet would be helpful, the messages were pretty clear ... the Portuguese government of the day was not kindly... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Historic site. Concentrationcamp for (political) prisoners from the the Portugese Salazar-periode. Goose-bumps if you see under what conditions they were kept in prison. Very low entrancefee. You can visit al buildings by yourself and you are free to take pictures all over.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A concentration camp will never be an uplifting experience, but this one was appalling. Aggressive begging children haunt the car park; the buildings are deserted, and what information there is fails to convey much about the history of the place. This was our introduction to Tarrafal, and it set a downbeat mood for the rest of our stay in this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

My first overseas trip was Portugal in 1972 when Salazar was dictator. Soldiers were stationed everywhere, but at 21 I did not well understand why. After all, they didn't bother us tourists. In Tarrafal, I saw Salazar's concentration camp. The place was ill tended, but my visit brought me full circle to see the human impact of fascism and the... More 

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