Jasenovac Memorial and Museum

Jasenovac Memorial and Museum

Jasenovac Memorial and Museum
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We visited here from Banja Luka after seeing the sights in the Kozara National Park on our way to Kutina. Entering Croatia at the Gradina Donja border crossing, it was just 3 km further to this free 1967 museum. We always feel sadness to experience these sights but also an obligation to educate ourselves, not a place we want to go; but a place we should go. There is a lot to learn here with pictures, signs in English and altogether a very troubling sight, especially to see how extensive it was.
Written September 26, 2021
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IngaOslo
Tonsberg, Norway169 contributions
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Aug 2015
An impressive monument over one of the 2. world wars most horrible places. This was the "serbian holocaust" and the concentrationcamp also had jewish and roma people. There are far smaller camps in Germany much more known than this one, and its a shame that the information about this place is so unknown to the next generations. It is a big scar in the history of the middle east. My opinion is that all stories should be told, and at this scale with these horrors also in numbers, it is a mystery that the information is so rare. It is absolutely worth a visit!!
Written August 23, 2015
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Nataša A
Belgrade, Serbia184 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Family
I visited this place because my relatives ended their lives in horror in concentration camp during WW2 in Independent state of Croatia. That monument stands for all victims. Most of exhibit is removed, somebody thought they should not show instruments for torture. Some people are still diminishing numbers forgetting that one mother killed for keeping baby in her arms is too much. We should all visit places like this since once it is forgotten it can happen again.
Written July 14, 2016
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stevemcfaden99
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Couples
I learned about Nazis in my History class back in High School. I thought it would be interesting to visit the Jasenovac Memorial Center since I was in Zagreb and not that far anyway from the center. My first experience with Croatia's denial of its crimes came when I inquired about transportation to the site. "Why you want to go there?" was the reaction at the front desk of my hotel. Needless to say I rented a car and my wife and I went on our own. Only after the clerk went on and on about how the center was built as a propaganda tool to shame Croatia for what the Nazis did.

The center itself is not so much a memorial as it is a communist landmark clearly still standing because of outside pressure. The references to the 700,000 victims has been reduced to 80,000 as though the numbers somehow diminish the great crime that took place here. The information provided is as vague as it can be without actually omiting the fact the people were murdered here because they were Jewish, Serbian or Roma.

If I was a holocaust denier I could easily blend into Croatian society today!

Shame on us all!
Written July 26, 2016
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Paula Griffin
London, UK901 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Solo
This a part of Croatia few will get to but many should visit. What happened there is still so contentious that Serbia and Croatia continue to debate what occurred, yet it is not deeds they argue over but numbers. Wrecked during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, the memorial centre has been restored to peaceful serenity, its grassy meadows hiding the pits in which those massacred in ways so horrific it shocked the Nazis, whilst the train that delivered the victims remains still in the sidings. Central to the site is enormous symbol of hope, a stylised flower memorial amidst the grassed over burial pits. Take time to wander over and read the inscription within, you will not fail to be moved. If you still have the stomach for it the small but poignant museum with its horrific instruments of torture on display. By comparison the concentration camps of Poland might be considered almost humane by some. There are other "out camps" and sites in the vicinity, one of which lies over the river in Serbian controlled Bosnia, so make sure you have your passport to hand if wish to explore more.
Written June 18, 2015
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BangkokLoft
Yeovil, UK570 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
This is an amazing site in a previously war torn area. The site is where the most awful extra in a tion of around 800,000 people from South east Europe were exterminated by the local Nazi sympathizers in the area in the second World War. This mass slaughter was hidden away in this quiet area of Southern Croatia and has attracted little publicity since. The slaughter was barbaric and unlike other concentration camps without gas chambers.
There is a small but moving free museum and a huge memorial amongst the mounds of the mass graves that are still clearly visible. The museum contains moving momentos and testimonies of some of the few survivors on video. We have visited Auschwitz and Hellfire pass in Thailand but have never seen quite such horror and cruelty.
The place is now peaceful and poignant but anyone who has the chance should visit and learn about this sad, horrific and untold story.
They have very few visitors and we were the only ones there when we went. Worth a couple of hours to learn, reflect and then remember.
Written October 13, 2014
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MSP
Sapporo, Japan17 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
I still can't believe they let people dismantle the entire camp. There is nothing left: only underground foundations and some mole hills. It's as if people were in a hurry to forget the terrible things that happened in this place.

The museum itself is tiny. There isn't anything there that you won't see online, aside from a small collection of inmates belongings. The captions offer good detail, unlike Croatian, English text is hard to read (it's white text on a gray background, and it's dark - who thought this was a good idea?!). There are several hours worth of survivor testimonies on video, but some of the video displays are out of order. There's no place to sit and watch either.

There's a separate exhibition about the Roma at the camp. Not sure why there isn't a similar one about the Serbs - they suffered as much, if not more.

Compared to other war-related museums I've seen in Croatia, this one was quite poor. If you compare it to other similar sites like Auschwitz, it's downright terrible.

Written August 28, 2016
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bounceyman
Melbourne, Australia179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
The giant concrete flower sculpture surrounded by grass meadows is a very peaceful and beautiful place. This is a tasteful monument to the thousands of people that were killed in the WW2 Death camp. There's a small museum covering the horrendous acts committed. Unfortunately Jasenovac isn't on the way to anywhere so it doesn't get many visitors which is a pity because if things like these are forgotten then the acts get repeated. Take the detour a stop over for an hour.
Written September 12, 2015
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,784 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Couples
In this concentration camp during World War II hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Romas and anti-fascists were brutally tortured and murdered by Ustashe.
Today here is a big monument and a museum in tribute to all those victims. In the museum it is still possible to see some things from that time like torture and killing tools or letters of the prisoners. One of the most shocking letter a prisoner has written to his wife: "Please, send me a peace of bread if you can..."
Written June 18, 2015
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Ирина Г
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The museum is scary - and obviously worth visiting.
But if you are somehow looking for a place to eat somewhere near and find 'restoran' Kod Ribiča do not dare even to park near. The stuff is extremely unfriendly, the typical Croatian service is even more awful than usual and the food is impossible to eat.
They do not know their menu, they can't explain what dishes consist of, can't remember the order - and obviously can not cook.
Seems that people working here have never been in any civilized place - and with such attitude this country will never become European.
Written May 12, 2015
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