Memory to the victims of the Holocaust in Serbia

With the Nazi occupation in Serbia, the new authorities created a Jewish ghetto called Judenlager Semlin, at the heart of what is now Belgrade. It was the biggest camp in Europe and the first to carry out mass murders with the support of the German administration and the Berlin Government. The Serbian collaborationist Government was responsible for planning the arrests and deportations. In 1942, Berlin was informed that Serbia was now judenfrei, thus becoming the first European country to ‘free itself’ of Jewish people.

The historians consider this Jewish camp to be an emblematic place in the history of the Holocaust. However, today the space is only recognised with a modest plaque.

The search for truth and the recognition of the victims is essential in preventing conflicts from repeating themselves and in obtaining repair and justice.

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