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The Old Fairground – WW2 Concentration camp

This is a spot which not that many locals know much about, but none the less it’s very interesting and important. This complex was the first thing built on the other side of the Sava River. A swampy land later known as New Belgrade. Originally it was a Fairground, a place for car shows, a display of new technologies and culture. The Fairground had a short life as such since it was opened in 1938 and Belgrade was Occupied in 1941 by the Nazi army.

Throughout the Occupation this complex was used as a concentration camp mostly for Jewish and Roma population. During that time around 20,000 people were killed or moved to other concentration camps. After WW2 and the end of the Occupation this place was abandoned and then squatted by low income families and Roma population.

Now, not much changed except the buildings are decaying and this place is being forgotten. I come here because it’s part of my job as a bike tour guide. The other reason is that this place is so bizarre since you can find a Gym (also was a Disco), Restaurant (building used by Nazi’s as a morgue), Car wash, chickens running around, laundry drying everywhere and family’s living here. Most of the buildings are original and every time I pass through this complex I feel like I can see what it looked like during its Fairground and Concentration camp period. Before you go there be sure to visit the website for more info and details!

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Address

Staro Sajmiste 3, Belgrade

Opening Times

24 hours daily

Price

Free

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)