The ghost prison camp of Goli Otok, the “barren island” gulag

By Pierre Kosmidis

Goli otok (Naked Island), “The Croatian Alcatraz” was in use from 1948 to 1988.

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From 1949 to 1958, a period known as “Informbiro”, opponents of the regime of Tito and Stalinists were imprisoned and tortured. According to statistics, some 16,000 prisoners were incarcerated at Goli Otok.

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Escape from Goli Otok was almost impossible and for decades only few people were aware of the hellish conditions on the island.

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The prison facilities are at present left to decay. Many paintings are still visible on the walls.

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Today, tourists visit the last gulag of Europe and learn about the hidden history of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia, before the 1990s civil war.

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