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Goli Otok, Croatia
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Goli otok is a barren, uninhabited island that was the site of a political prison in use when Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. The prison was in operation between 1949 and 1989. The island is located in the northern Adriatic Sea just off the coast of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia with an area of approximately 4 square kilometers (1.54 square miles).Goli otok prisonDespite having long been an occasional grazing ground for local shepherds' flocks, the barren island was apparently never permanently settled other than during the 20th century. Throughout World War I, Austria-Hungary sent Russian prisoners of war from the Eastern Front to Goli otok.In 1949, the entire island was officially made into a high-security, top secret prison and labor camp run by the authorities of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, together with the nearby Sveti Grgur island, which held a similar camp for female prisoners. Until 1956, throughout the Informbiro period, it was used to incarcerate political prisoners. These included known and alleged Stalinists, but also other Communist Party of Yugoslavia members or even nonparty citizens accused of exhibiting sympathy or leanings towards the Soviet Union. Many anticommunist (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Albanian and other nationalists etc.) were also incarcerated on Goli otok. Non-political prisoners were also sent to the island to serve out simple criminal sentences and some of them were sentenced to death. A total of approximately 16,000 political prisoners served there, of which between 400 and 600 died on the island.
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  • Interesting visit to jail with my two daughters, both remain deeply affected by the story of our guide. Walking through the ruins still hovers the suffering that they have endured thousands of people. The testimony has come to us only through an Italian survived such atrocities. I would suggest two things:-first: you have to give respect in that place, so avoid clicking photos among the bars-second: bring closed shoes because among shards of glass and rusted iron, there is a risk of hurting yourself
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  • Very instructive place where you can see the negative consequences of the communist regime in the former Yugoslavia. It is unfortunate that the place is devastated (be careful not to step on broken gl...  more »
  • Hello to all. I took my girl for a 4 island boat tour and this island was one of the places we went to. I was here several years back but didn't really understand anything without a guide. This time i...  more »