The project aims to create a database of the Holocaust victims killed at the concentration camp Old Fairground (Staro Sajmište) in Belgrade, a traveling exhibition, educational materials and an online presentation. Through a series of public events in Serbia, Sweden and the Netherlands the results will be presented to wider audiences.
Project Manager: Nevena Bajalica, Terraforming / Anne Frank House Educational Projects, email@example.com
Project Coordinator (NIOD): drs. Erik Somers
Project Assistant: drs. Anne Helfrich
Duration: September 2015 - February 2017
Cooperation: The consortium of this project consists of:
- The Historical Archives of Belgrade (Serbia) www.arhiv-beograda.org
- Terraforming (Sweden, the Netherlands, Serbia) www.terraforming.org
- NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (the Netherlands) www.niod.knaw.nl
- Center for Holocaust Research and Education (CHRE) (Serbia) (no website yet)
- University of Rijeka, Department of Cultural Studies (Croatia) http://www.ffri.uniri.hr/en/departments-and-divisions/department-of-cultural-studies.html
Concentration camp at Sajmište was a death camp for Jewish women and children from German occupied Serbia, most of them, about 5.500, from Belgrade. A number of Roma women and children were interned too. In six weeks, April-May 1942, the inmates at Sajmište were systematically murdered by the use of a mobile gas van dispatched from Berlin especially for that purpose.
For 70 years there were no detailed data about the victims, until recently, when archivists from the Historical Archives of Belgrade found 6 boxes among old unsorted piles. The boxes revealed unprocessed and unlisted documentation about more than 2000 Belgrade Jews killed at the Sajmište concentration camp. Motivated after this discovery, the Historical Archives of Belgrade initiated a wide international partnership with the aim to explore the best contemporary experiences and methodologies, as well as the most productive, sustainable and effective outcomes in processing such material.
This way the project will contribute to expand the view from local to European perspectives and further examine the Holocaust and its defining impact on the common European values in post-war Europe, including the current European challenges of intolerance, discrimination and raising anti-Semitism and anti-Romanyism.
- An online database listing the Holocaust victims of the Sajmište camp in Belgrade (name, age, profession etc.). In addition, the database will also include information about the pre-war life of the Belgrade Jews murdered at the Sajmište camp.
- A modular traveling exhibition presenting the two defining phases of the Holocaust in Serbia.
- Educational tools to make the material available for use in schools, with particular focus on personal stories and the pre-war Jewish life.
- A series of 6 events with presentations and seminars in Serbia, Sweden and the Netherlands.
- A publication presenting the project findings.