Lipa


About two kilometers from the Slovenian border, there is a small village called Lipa. On April 30, 1944, about 150 soldiers of Germans, italians, serbs and Slovenian volunteers arrived in Lipa. These were part of a major anti-partisan action in the area aimed at securing the area from partisans and those possibly suspected of helping partisans. The extent to which in the village there were partisans or residents who helped partisans has not been established. But the result was that the village was destroyed and 269 people were murdered, each of 121 were between seven months and fifteen years. Some were shot while others were burned inside after they were forcibly thrown into a house that was then ignited.

Current status: Razed with museum (2022).

Location: 45°27'58.97" N 14°18'15.58" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The ruins of the houses that were destroyed have been preserved for posterity and the new village has been built next to it. Just as they have done in the more famous places Lidice in the Czech Republic and Oradour-sur-Glane in France. There is also a museum on site.

Follow up in books: Hamburg Institute for Social Research: The German Army and Genocide: Crimes Against War Prisoners, Jews, and Other Civilians in the East, 1939-1944 (1999).