Crime in Barbara ditch of the Mine Huda Jama at Lasko Cover Image

(Zle)Huda Jama. Zločin u rudarskom oknu Barbara rov u Hudoj Jami kod Laškog
Crime in Barbara ditch of the Mine Huda Jama at Lasko

Author(s): Mitja Ferenc
Subject(s): History
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: war crimes; mass graves in Slovenia; victims of the Second World War; crime in Huda Jama; facing the past

Summary/Abstract: At the end of the Second World War numerous war crimes occurred at the territory of Slovenia, chiefly over the captured and extradited soldiers and civilians belonging to different formations from Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as over 14,000 Slovenian soldiers and civilians. During several years of its activity, Commissions for detection of hidden grave sites documented over 600 mass graves of victims of wartime revenge and revolutionary terror. Over 116 locations were analyzed with 56 locations confirmed and over 20 exhumed, largest of which was a mine Huda jama, known also as Barabara ditch. This is the location on which civilians and soldiers, mostly Croats and Serbs but also from other Yugoslav republics, were killed en masse without a trial in Spring 1945. This mass grave location was firstly discussed during the collapse of communism in 1990, in which year a chapel was erected nearby. Barbara ditch seems to be the largest mass grave in Slovenia, estimated to be a grave for over 10,000 victims. Only from the surface of the single ditch 240 victims were exhumed, which were buried at 2m depth. As the ditch is 48m deep, the estimate is that it contains 4000 victims.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 37-53
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian