Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers

Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers, Sapjane

Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers

Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Memorial Center Lipa remembers was opened in Lipa on April 2015 on the site of the former Memorial Museum operating from 1968 to 1989. With the restoration of the museum, memory is also being restored. Memory of heavy historical heritage of 30th of April 1944 when Lipa, in just a few hours, lost 269 of its residents, mostly elderly, women and children. The crime was committed by the Nazis and Fascists within the "Braunschweig" offensive- territory cleansing operation against partisan "bandits". Killing civilians was followed by the theft of their property, and burning all of their houses and farmhouses. The end of World War II brings Lipa to its knees as surviving inhabitants have no homes to return to. At this point a long and painstaking restoration began, and the continuation of life marked by a sense of loss. Today Lipa lives and remembers. The permanent exhibition of the Memorial Center Lipa remembers interprets the history of World War II in the microregion of Liburnian Karst that, in addition to Lipa, comprises of Pasjak, Rupa, Šapjane and Brdce. Memorial Heritage of World War II is complemented by the overview of the continuity of life in this region, from prehistoric times to the present, with a special emphasis on the cultural, ethnographic and historical heritage, dating before and after the tragic event. In holistic approach to this regions heritage, the tragic event of 30th of April 1944 can be seen in a broader context, as only one of many identity features belonging to vital and potent community of Lipa.
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6 reviews
Very good

Tolmin, Slovenia1,274 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This small museum complex in a small village is unfortunately not well-known as many other WWII sites. The bottom floor is dedicated to the ethnographical part while the ground floor and upper floor are dedicated to 1944 massacre. The presentation of the massacre is very impressive. While walking upstairs you can hear in the background the noise of the boots of the German soldiers. Up there you can see a good presentation of the history of Istria before and during WWII. Then there are also the names of the victims and some other things that make the whole story stunning. An important part of the complex are also the ruins that remained after the massacre. Some hundred metres away there is also a monument dedicated to the victims.

The charming ethnographical department shows some tools that were in use decades ago in these parts of Istria. And I must not forget to mention the kind museum lady who made her best to explain us some interesting facts about the museum. The admission is about 1€ (10kn). Highly recommended!
Written August 28, 2019
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Hamilton, New Zealand657 contributions
Testimony to horror of war
Jul 2019 • Couples
A sad reminder of the way war normalises the abnormal. At Lipa in 1944 269 village people were murdered by the Nazis. There were 96 children amongst them. Similar to the better known atrocity at Oradour in France the massacre at Lipa is also memorialised by a museum and gravestones.
Written July 4, 2019
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Ljubljana, Slovenia20 contributions
Excellent little museum (where you can spend a little more time than expected)
May 2019 • Friends
This centre was on my wish list for many, many years. It is a memorial centre in a small village Lipa, dedicated to a big tragedy that took place on April 30th,1944, when almost all villagers (297 people) were killed by Nazi troops and houses were burned down. Museum is based in a building of old school. Collection is in 3 floors, 2 with walls in painted white (temporary exhibiotion and permanent ethnological exhibition) and the 3rd floor, dedicated to this big tragedy, with walls coloured black. Stairs taking to this floor are something to remember! It is whole black, one wall is covered with helmets of Nazi army, with light bulbs behind them, and when you start taking the stairs...the sound turns on and you hear steps, like soldiers walking on the path. Anxiety took over. The upper floor is also arranged in a simple but very effective way. All exhibitions are in Croatian and English languagge.
A walk through the village is a must. Few burned buildings were left for a memory and there is a monument inside of what is left of the building where the biggest part of this tragedy took place.
It is also possible to buy a small book (sort of catalogue) shaped as a house (that simple shape is throughout all of memorial centre, carved in walls, signs...), with short description of history, events, with illustrations and some strong thoughts. I am glad I bought it (they have English version also).
As the name says - Lipa pamti (Lipa remembers), places like this have to exist and have to be visited simply because we must not forget about the events like this, when human lives were stopped or changed forever. In a simple way, without any conviction (my opinion), shows what evil looks like. Let's hope that "historia est magistra vitae" (though recent history does not really prove that).
Written May 3, 2019
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Rupa,Matulji32 contributions
Lipa pamti
May 2017 • Family
Komemoracija 1944-2018 never forget whats was happened then in this small village Lipa..this museum is just 2 km from pansion Surina in Rupa
Written May 3, 2017
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