Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp

Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, Nis

Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp

Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp
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IgorMarkovic
Smederevo, Serbia1,298 contributions
Emotional, thought provoking and powerful experience!
Sep 2021
The Crveni Krst concentration camp during the Second World War used to be one of the last places of life and death among thousnds of Jews, Roma, Serbs and many many others. Today it stands high as a vivid remembrance of the devastating human hatred. The Museum has a very interestin and though provoking exhibition which will simply make you silent thtoughout the time that you spend there. Go there and see it for yourself! A must see when in Niš!
Written September 4, 2021
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WITY TRAVELS
159 contributions
Powerful Experience
Mar 2021
During World War II, soon after the Axis force occupation of Nis in 1941, an unused military storage building was repurposed. The German Gestapo, or police, turned this building into a Concentration Camp to accept imprisoned Jews, Romanis and Serbian resistance fighters. It was named after the neighboring Red Cross train station. It was used to detain around 35,000 people from 1941 until 1944. Here people were beaten, starved and tortured. This building is filled with pictures, stories, and items from its time as a concentration camp.

In the autumn of 1942 the Germans began to build their kitchen, dining room, sleeping rooms, and One of the methods of torture, solidary confinement. In the attic there were 20 solitary confinement cells. The cells had barbed wire on the ground to take away the ability for the prisoners to even peacefully lay down.

During the first phase in June 1941, the local administration was ordered to report all of the Nis Jewish population and Jewish shops. All that were not registered were shot. The order required all Jewish and Romani People to not leave their homes without yellow armbands, introduced forced labor and curfew, and limited their access to food. German soldiers then went through the Romani quarter and forcibly shaved the heads of all Romanis in Niš under the pretext that they had lice.

The prisoners stept on stray and experienced unsanitary conditions.

Before shooting them, the Germans ordered the detainees to take off their clothes and they gave them to grave diggers and to the Nis Roma people. One of the people donated the bowties to the National Museum. They belonged to unidentified Jews from this camp who were killed at Mount Bubanj during the mass shootings in February 1942.

During the second phase in December 1941, the German authorities ordered that all adult Jews come to the "Park" hotel for orders. They were arrested there and taken to this concentration camp.

The third phase was for the complete destruction of the Jews in Nis. At this point entire families were brought to this camp.

This camp had guard towers high above ground to keep watch on the prisoners.

This camp is most known for the brave escape that happened on February 12th, 1942. While the guards were taking their usual evening walks around the grounds, the prisoners decided to attack them and then attempt to escape. Since they could not storm the main gate, they ran toward the two rows of barbed wire fencing. They hurled themselves onto the fence until a gap was created that was big enough for a certain amount to pass. 42 of the prisoners died, however 105 were able to escape. This is the first recorded mass escape from a Nazi concentration camp.

On September 14th 1944 the camp officially ceased to exist and the Gestapo left the city.
Written March 31, 2021
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Kyle S
138 contributions
Emotional and thought provoking
Mar 2021 • Solo
Until I planned my trip here to Serbia, I was not aware of the large concentration camp located here. The “Red Cross” has nothing to do with what we know of the Red Cross. Seeing the writing in the walls, bullet holes where people were killed... Very somber @. Everyone needs to visit here.
Written March 13, 2021
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park00se
Belgrade, Serbia12 contributions
It was terrible!
Nov 2020 • Solo
So terrible things they did that I can not believe it. It is not so easy to find this place. If you go too quick, you will miss it.
Written November 22, 2020
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Adam C
Chatham, UK46 contributions
Interesting experience
Jul 2020 • Solo
If you are in Nis, the Red Cross Nazi Concentration camp is worth a visit. There are lots of artefacts that you can see and get close to. A lot of sad history that you can feel when you visit the building. I really enjoyed and would recommend.
Written July 30, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,327 contributions
A very interesting place to remember victims
Nov 2019 • Friends
Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp obviously was the main Concentration Camp in Southern Serbia, where a lot of Jews, Gypsies and Serbians was deported before they was killed during the infamous nazi occupation in the 2nd World War. Nowadays it is a place to remember this fact and especially the people, who fought against nazis and they was unfortunately killed. Also, it was the camp, where the greatest escape of prisoners took place. So, it is very interesting to learn and to not forget.
Written April 17, 2020
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Nikoll M
Bratislava, Slovakia98 contributions
Must see in Niš.
Jan 2020 • Couples
Very good and informative museum. I felt it. I really liked all the notes with pictures on the walls it really put me into the people’s lives back then. I definitely recommend every body visiting this place and especially if you buy a combined ticket for 300 you get entry for this camp, skull tower and the national museum of Niš.
Written January 11, 2020
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AG P
Canberra, Australia101 contributions
Somber reminder of history
Nov 2019 • Family
A very sorrowful place with lots of detailed stories of the unfortunate souls who met their end at the hands of the Nazis. Lot's of original pictures and documents of people who were massacred there. A stark reminder to never forget what happened when Nazi's ravaged this part or Serbia.
Written November 5, 2019
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MB201065
Worcestershire, UK271 contributions
Very humbling
Oct 2019
An experience of true emotion. This was a concentration camp of intermediary for captives prior to their being moved on to the final death camps. Many were murdered here and tortured and the fact that whilst we were visiting no one else’s was there, so you did feel the intensity of the place.
Written October 6, 2019
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Sofia K
6 contributions
Nazi camp
Aug 2019 • Solo
Very interesting, i would like better if there was a card masine to accept Euros.
Worth visiting.
Many information in English, very good guide and information from the staff.
Written September 13, 2019
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