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Hallowed Ground Jasenovac Concentration Camp, Croatia

While not as instantly recognizable as Dachau or Buchenwald, Jasenovac concentration camp has nevertheless been described as the “Auschwitz of the Balkans” in recognition of its size and the scale of horrors that occurred there during World War II.

In April 1941, following the Axis powers’ invasion and partition of Yugoslavia, the nationalist organization was appointed to govern the newly were diligent students of the Nazi regime, thus the repressions seen in Germany—chiefly the victimization of Jewish and other minority citizens and the rise of Aryanism—filtered into everyday Croatian life. Prison cells filled. To implement large-scale detainments, the began constructing concentration camps.

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