12. February 2015. marks 73 anniversary of the escape from German conc camp ” Red Cross ” in Nis, Serbia, when Serbian inmates managed what seemed impossible.
World War II veterans, survivors and relatives of the victims traditionally marked the anniversary of the very first escape from a German conc camp in World War II . Wreaths were laid in front of the delegation of Nis, and priests of Diocese of Nis served a memorial for the patriots who perished in this camp.
Deathmarching of the column of people, representatives of the city, the army, the police, the few of those who survived the hell of Crveni Krst camp and relatives of those who have fallen in the Nazi camp in Nis… – this is a traditional memorial to them , because on this day more than seven decades ago, they achieved something that was considered impossible – they opposed the German invaders.
The preserved ruins of the German shame – Crveni Krst memorial
Only a few of those who survived the German occupying boots is still alive . Years have passed , but the memories remain etched deeply .
The camp at Crveni Krst, Nis is a historical heritage that is necessary to preserve for the past and for future generations. It is estimated that around 30,000 Serbian prisoners have passed through the camp, and 12,000 Serbs were killed at the location named Bubanj. Many other detainees were transferred to other German or Croatian camps throughout Europe (Zemun, Staro Sajmiste near Belgrade). The conc camp in Nis is especially known for escape of 105 inmates on 12. February 1942. After the escape, as revenge, Germans killed 1,100 of Serbian patriots .
The organized escape of inmates from Crveni Krst camp was a then- unique event in imprisoned Europe .