Incredible Abandoned Yugoslavian Soviet Monuments #1

On August 8, 2015 by Lazer Horse

After World War II many monuments were designed and built across former Yugoslavia to commemorate battles, heroes and massacres. With Western media becoming ever more anti-Russian, it’s easy to forget they were on our team in WWII and had significantly more casualties than we did.

The Soviet design of the monuments (often by well renowned designers and architects), and their position in remote rural areas means that since the dissolution of Yugoslavia into six countries, they have mostly been abandoned and left to rot.

The Soviet style, as you might remember from those Soviet era bus stops, might most easily be described as surrealist art deco. Below are a handful of those WWII monuments from throughout ex-Yugoslavian lands.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Partisan Memorial in Mostar

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Partisan Memorial in Mostar

Designed by Serbian architect Bogdan Bogdanović, opened in 1965. The area fell to wrack and ruin and was heavily damaged in the war in 1992. But in 2006, the cemetery was proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina and given the spit and polish treatment.

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Partisan Memorial in Mostar 2

Since 2006, however, the cemetery has once again fallen victim to neglect, heavy vandalism and rubbish dumping.

Monument of the Revolution (Kozara)

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument to the Revolution - Kozara

This World War II memorial was created by Dušan Džamonja. It’s located at Mrakovica, one of the highest peaks of Kozara mountain.

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The monument is dedicated to the fierce battle and 2,500 Yugoslav partisan fighters and 68,500 mostly Serb civilians killed or deported to Ustaše concentration camps during German-Ustaše-Hungarian Kozara Offensive – June/July 1942.

Necropolis For The Victims Of Fascism

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Necropolis for the victims of Fascism

Located in Novi Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was opened in 1975 to commemorate around 700 victims executed at this site during the Second World War.

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The area around the monument was, until recently, riddled with landmines meaning that it fell into disrepair. Now cleared of bombs, the vandals have moved in.

Vogosca Monument

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Vogosca Monument

Designed by Zlatko Ugljen and built in 1969. This odd monument commemorates the deaths of 62 Partisan fighters and illegal migrant workers.

Croatia

Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina

World War II memorial sculpture by Dušan Džamonja, located in Podgarić, Berek, Croatia.

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This epic oddity is dedicated to the people of Moslavina during World War II.

 Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument to the uprising of the people of Kordun and Banija

This World War II monument sits on the highest peak of Petrova Gora. It’s on the site of a tragic World War II episode, when about 300 desperate Serb peasants armed only with pitchforks, died attacking Ustaše – Croatian fascist troops who were hell bent on ethnically cleaning Croatia.

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument to the uprising of the people of Kordun and Banija 2

Today it is routinely robbed of its stainless steel and left to the elements.

Monument to Fallen Fighters and Victims of Fascism – Orebić

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument to Fallen Fighters and Victims of Fascism - Orebić

Located on the Pelješac peninsula, near the village called Gornje Pijavičino. Dedicated to 395 fallen Yugoslav partisans and civilians killed in Italian and ustasha concentration camps. Designed by Ivan Mitrović and Zlatko Jerić, built in 1983.

Jasenovac Memorial Area

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Dedicated to concentration camp victims at the Jasenovac camp, held by the Ustaše. It was one of the largest concentration camps in Europe, renowned for its brutality.  The majority of victims at Jasenovac were ethnic Serbs, whom the Ustaše wanted to remove from the NDH (new Croatian state), along with the Jews, anti-fascist or dissident Croatians, and Roma.

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This huge concrete flower was designed by Bogdan Bogdanović, built in 1966

Monument of the Revolutionary Victory of the People of Slavonia

Yugoslavian WWII Monuments - Monument of the Revolutionary Victory of the People of Slavonia

Dedicated to the Partisan victory in Slavonia. Built in 1968 on the Blažuj hill.

It was once the biggest abstract sculpture in the world. The Croatian army destroyed the monument in 1992.

If you’d like to see more incredible monuments, HERE’S PART TWO AND PART THREE.

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