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Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp

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Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp

207 Reviews
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You will have the opportunity to visit all important and popular sites in Nis. We will walk through the city center, go by car to a remote destination and enjoy local wine at the end of the tour.<br>You will have an opportunity to hear lot of interesting facts about local history and landmarks.<br>I am local guy who was born in Nis, an enthusiast and history buff always ready to answer your every question. You will get the best recommendations for local things, but also only those that meet high standards. Welcome to Nis!
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WITY TRAVELS wrote a review Mar 2021
144 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Kyle S wrote a review Mar 2021
112 contributions32 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2021
park00se wrote a review Nov 2020
Belgrade, Serbia12 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Adam C wrote a review Jul 2020
Chatham, United Kingdom45 contributions36 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review Apr 2020
Manresa, Spain8,094 contributions847 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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