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Krapje camp

Camp Krapje, also known as Camp II in the Jasenovac camp system, was founded on September 10, 1941 and operated at the same time as the Bročice camp. It was located in the area between the river Strug and the village of Krapje, approximately 12 kilometers from Jasenovac. As in the Bročice camp, the detainees were housed in wetlands along the Strug River, in wooden barracks surrounded by barbed wire.

Krapje Camp was situated not far from the village itself, and inside the wire fence three barracks were erected on piles, because the whole area was liable to flooding, and along with the three barracks, there was a building for the accommodation of the guards and commandant’s staff.
Our life became harder than before. Every day we laboured on the embankment and in the woods, with no food, plenty of beatings and abuse, and every day our ranks were depleted by dozens of comrades who were killed during the day, or as we left or returned.
One September day the whole camp was ordered to fortify the embankment by the River Strug, which had risen and was threatening to overflow the area. They drove us like beasts and we worked all day without resting, while the Ustashas went mad, leaving more than 100 dead, whose bodies we buried in the embankment works.

Zlatko Weiler, survivor, «Moj boravak u paklu i bjekstvo iz njega», (“My time in hell and my escape from it”), in Sjećanja Jevreja na logor Jasenovac, second edition, Belgrade, 1985, p. 317.

 

"From the Jasenovac station, we were immediately transferred to the camp, which was later called Jasenovac II, and which consisted of two large barracks around which a single-row wire was braided. These barracks were completely empty, so we, who arrived by this transport, were the first detainees of the Jasenovac camp. They put us all together in these two barracks, and for the first 5-6 days they left us alone and did not touch us. The only thing that was done was to classify us, ie they put Serbs separately, and us separately (Jews). "

Miroslav Auferber, Memories

 

"Before we entered the camp, the Ustashas asked us to take out all our valuables, watches, rings, money, knives and everything that had some value and put it on a blanket, which they spread in front of us. I don't remember what I handed over then, but I saw that Vinko handed over his watch. We managed to hide and "smuggle" one box of 20 cigarettes. When the "cleansing" operation was over, the Ustashas threatened to shoot anyone who got too close to the wire fence, unlocked the gate, pushed us into the enclosure and locked us up. "

Milicevic Ljubomir, Memories


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