Jazovka

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Pit at Jazovka

Jazovka is a pit in the Žumberak area of Croatia where the bodies of hundreds of Croatian soldiers and civilians were dumped during and after the Second World War.

The commemoration organizers state that at a depth of around 40 metres (131 ft), some 470 skeletons were found.[1] The first victims were soldiers of the Independent State of Croatia captured by Partisan forces after a battle near Krašić in January 1943, and later in 1945 the pit was used to dispose of bodies of prisoners of war, as well as wounded soldiers, medical staff and nuns.[1][2]

Although locally known, the pit was rediscovered in 1990,[3] after the fall of communism in Croatia. A pilgrimage to the site is held annually on June 22, coinciding with the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day. The pilgrimages to the site have been organised by the Catholic Church in Croatia and stations of the cross line the path to the pit. The event is frequented by fringe right wing groups in Croatia.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "Počast žrtvama partizanskog zločina kod jame Jazovke". Vijesti (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Klanjamo se žrtvama Jazovke i Jadovna jer su za nas jednake". Večernji list (in Croatian). 23 August 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Vinko Čavlović (2002-06-27). "Spomenar 27. lipnja - 3. srpnja - Domovinski rat". Dom i svijet 391 (in Croatian). Croatian Information Centre. Retrieved 2010-05-06. "29. lipnja 1990. - Kod žumberačkog sela Sošice otkrivena jama Jazovka, u kojoj se nalaze tijela tisuća hrvatskih vojnika i civila pobijenih neposredno nakon Drugog svjetskog rata." 
  4. ^ Pofuk, Branimir (2013-08-25). "Mrtvi Jazovke i Jadovnog ostali su bez molitve koja bi ublažila veliki jaz i jad". Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Kod Jazovke odana počast žrtvama partizanskih zločina" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2010-06-05. "Organizatori - na čijem čelu je ove godine bilo Hrvatsko društvo političkih zatvorenika - navode kako se stratište kod jame Jazovka pohodi 22. lipnja "zato što hrvatski prerušenici u antifašiste i demokrate taj nadnevak podmeću za državni blagdan Republike Hrvatske"." 

Coordinates: 45°45′24″N 15°23′24″E / 45.75667°N 15.39000°E / 45.75667; 15.39000