Bubanj


Just outside the town of Nis in southern Serbia is an execution place called Bubanj, where between 10,000 – 15,000 people were murdered during the second world war. Most of those killed came from the Crveni Krst concentration camp in Nis.

Current status: Monument (2009).

Location: 43° 18'18 N, 21° 52'21 E

Get there: Bil.

My comment:

The monument was erected in 1963 and is characterized by typical communist grey monumental architecture. It consists of three sculptures depicting clenched fists that are supposed to symbolize the resistance against the Nazis. However, the entire area is characterized by decay and the small theater scene that was probably built to build memorial ceremonies with political messages is more reminiscent of a dilapidated theater ruin from ancient Greece. The monuments are also subject to extensive graffiti.

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