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Ljubelj Concentration Camp

The Ljubelj Labor Camp was the only camp on Slovenian territory during the Second World War. It was one of 49 branches not far from Linz operating Mauthausen concentration camp. In the labor camp, in the years 1943-1945, under the impossible conditions, more than a thousand prisoners built the tunnel of Ljubelj today. The first internees began arriving in July 1943. Most of them were French, and besides, there were Poles, Russians, Yugoslavs, Czechs, Norwegians, Greeks, Belgians, Italians, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Germans, Austrians. Most were political prisoners, and some were interned for refusing forced labor or for raids. The Germans and Austrians with a criminal history were assigned managerial tasks. easier work. To erase the trail of their atrocities, the Germans demolished the camp. In memory and reminder of the horrors of war, the suffering of the prisoners at the edge of the park stands a memorial arena of the skeleton with a living heart in the middle and the inscription J’ACCUSE.

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