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“Very Moving Experience”

Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba
Ranked #3 of 328 things to do in Trieste
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Very Moving Experience”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This former Nazi detention, execution and cremation centre, later served as a refugee camp for those escaping from Yugoslavia. It has been tastefully converted into a museum, preserving the original cells, and providing an exhibition of regional history of the 20th century.

From the exhibition I learned an enormous amount about the the suffering of many of the people of the Adriatic coast, and also about the changing national borders of the 20th Century, the Italian engagement and withdrawal as an Axis power during WW II. I left very moved and grateful to have enjoyed for 57 years of civil liberty in Europe(UK) without being directly impacted by war.

Visited September 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A mandatory stop when visiting Trieste”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

The story this museum tells is one the anyone visiting the area should hear, and it's told in short and in a moving way. And it's free!

Visited August 2012
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“Arresting museum to inhumanity”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We are very interested in the history of the places we visit so we took Bus 10 to this sobering museum. It is in the former rice mill industrial facility, that was converted in late 1943 into a collection and transit camp during the German occupation. Many prisoners were also executed here. As the defeated Germans were retreating in 1945 they tried to destroy evidence of their dreadful deeds.

We purchased the informative explanatory booklet for €1. The museum complex is very extensive with the eerie prison cells including a death cell preserved as original. The more than 10-metre high walls convey well the formidable nature of the prison.

The permanent exhibition is on display in what was once the camp kitchen and canteen. We found the museum and exhibits very moving giving a detailed picture of the horrors of that time. One heart breaking letter reproduced was dated April 1945, from a young prisoner to his mother saying he was going to be shot that day and bidding fond goodbye forever to his mother, sister and father.

The sculptures convey the intensity of the place especially the one symbolising smoke from the crematorium. Another of elongated human figures ensnared in a tangle of metal was very evocative.
During our visit a thunderstorm began which we thought was not out of place for such an installation.

Visited September 2011
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Out of the way, but worth the bus ride. Take the number 8 from the Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia to the end of the line. 2/3 min walk from the stop (past the supermarket, take the left, end of the road). Not huge, not pretentious, just calm, peaceful and a place to remember. lovely museum.

Visited June 2012
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

an impressive tribute to those who lost their lives in the concentration camp.

Visited August 2011
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