Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal, Tarrafal

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See photos and personal belongings of former inmates at Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal, a memorial center at the erstwhile Portuguese colonial prison camp. Established in 1936 at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, this penal colony for political and social prisoners kept those who had made trouble on the mainland and incited other inmates into action through sit-ins. Known as the "camp of slow death," it saw the deaths of 32 prisoners before finally closing in 1974. More recently, African leaders and militants did forced labor here. Using our international travel planner, Tarrafal attractions like Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • WITHOUT any interest, don't waste your time because "we" did so much better in recent decades in the field: of the Khmer Rouge to ISIS passing by... and by...
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  • Interesting to see ofcourse but all the rooms amd chambers are empty. You don't really get an idea of the living conditions. Only 100$ to get in. When you walk there from the main street alot of child...  more »
  • After 100 escudos per person to have paid, one can see a twenty minute documentary about the history of the camp. The film is, however, only available in Portuguese, even though it's mostly foreign tourists who visit the camp. The staff knows only Portuguese so that questions by foreigners remain unanswered. Guides can also be seen. Fortunately, there are trilingual signs with explanation. It is an experience that all young people should have experienced, here or in another concentration camp. Around the concentration camp lie along a landscaped walking the houses of the camp Director, the guards, the nursing ... Here are the information boards disappeared and has the local population the houses. Who can blame them!?
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