Banjica


In Belgrade, in July 1941, the Germans established a camp in former military barracks called Banjica. Germans imprisoned Serbian communists, partisans and later Serbian jews. The commander of the camp was a Gestapo officer named Willy Friedrich. Although it was a Nazi camp, Serbs also served, and the camp was subsequently divided into a german and a serbian section. About 24,000 people sitting in Banjica were murdered in gas wagons, but also by archebusation at the execution site Jajinci. The camp was closed in September 1944.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2009).

Address: Pavla Jurišica Šturma 33, Belgrad.

Get there: Bus from central Belgrade.

My comment:

After the war, Banjica regained its original purpose and the museum is a small part of the military camp. The museum has limited opening hours and all information is in Serbian.

Follow up in books: Pavlowitch, Steven: Hitler’s New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia (2008).