Centre for Public History organises one-day public guided tours, study visits and multi-day historical tours of historical sites, for smaller or larger groups of interested citizens, experts, journalists, students, teachers and pupils of primary and secondary schools.
Historian Milovan Pisarri, one of the CPH founders has a long experience in guiding groups of citizens to historical sites related to the killing sites, camps from World War II, the locations in which the anti-fascist struggle took place, the pre-war history of the Jewish and Roma communities in Belgrade, the history of socialism in former Yugoslavia and similar topics.
The considerable experience of the CPH experts makes it possible to organise tours in Belgrade and Serbia, as well as throughout the region and in the EU countries.
Depending on the group’s interests, it is possible to develop tailor-made special interest guided tours.
The Centre for Public History team takes full care of the organisation of historical tours, public guided tours and study visits. Tours are guided by historians, sociologists, curators and other experts and CPH associates.
A guided tour can be booked via e-mail at: email@example.com
The Sajmište Camp
One of the largest camps on the territory of the former Yugoslavia was in operation from 1941 to 1944. It is situated right across from the centre of Belgrade, on the left bank of the Sava River. Between December 1941 and May 1942, the Judenlager Semlin as it was called, served for the internment of the Jewish women and children from occupied Serbia, as well as of Roma (women and children), mainly from Belgrade. From May 1942 to June 1944, the camp was called the Zemun Reception Camp (Anhaltelager Semlin). More than 30,000 prisoners, mostly Serb civilians from the Independent State of Croatia (ISC), occupied Serbia, members of the resistance movement and prisoners of war, passed through this camp.
The topics covered by this visit are: the camps in Serbia, World War II, the Holocaust, the killing of Roma, forced labour.
The Topovske Šupe Camp (near Autokomanda)
The Topovske Šupe camp for Jews and Roma operated close to the very centre of Belgrade between August and November 1941. The buildings in which the prisoners were kept were an integral part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s extensive army barracks called “Kraljević Andrej” (Prince Andrei).
Its first prisoners were Jewish men from Banat who had been banished from that region to Belgrade with their families by the local Germans (the Volksdeutsche); after them, all Jewish men from Belgrade, and, in the end, Roma men, also from Belgrade were interned there. All of them, with rare exceptions, were killed in mass shootings in the autumn of 1941, mainly at the site of Jabuka near Pančevo. According to the available estimates, about 5,000 Jews and 1,500 Roma passed through it. Unfortunately, very little is known today about the Topovske Šupe camp.
The topics covered by this visit are: the camps in Serbia, World War II, the Holocaust and the killing of Roma.
The Jajinci Memorial Park
A few kilometres from Belgrade, at the foot of Avala mountain, lies the largest killing site in Serbia in which the German authorities and the quisling formations shot tens of thousands of people during World War II, mainly Jews and communists. The first commemorative plaque was placed there in 1951, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising in Yugoslavia. The landscaping of the grounds around the commemorative plaque was completed in 1964. It later definitely became a memorial park and, in 1988, it received its famous monument created by Vojin Stojić.
The topics covered by this visit are: World War II, the Holocaust and the killing sites in Serbia.
The Jasenovac Memorial Grounds
The camp, in operation from August 1941 until April 1945, was used by the Ustasha (Croatian fascists leading the Independent State of Croatia (ISC)) as the site of mass killings of Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascists. According to the most reliable estimates, between 120,000 and 130,000 people were killed there.
The topics covered by this visit are: the ISC camps during World War II, World War II, the Holocaust.
The Bor Mines
During World War II, the Bor mine was a complex of labour camps in which the prisoners were forced to work on the exploitation of copper on its open pit, as well as the underground mines. Tens of thousands of prisoners passed through the Bor mine labour camp which consisted of 33 subcamps. Its prisoners included Jews, prisoners of war, Greeks, Poles, Italians, members of the resistance movement and others.
Topics covered by this visit are: forced labour, camps in Serbia during World War II, World War II, the Holocaust.
Places of anti-fascist struggle
The tour includes visits to locations and places of resistance and antifascist struggle in Belgrade during World War II.
The topics covered by this visit are: World War II, the resistance movement, anti-fascism, the history of anti-fascist struggle.
History of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the killing sites of the 1990s (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo)
The tour includes visits to killing sites and locations of historical importance during the 1990s conflicts in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
It is possible to organise visits to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo.
The topics covered by this visit are: the breakup of Yugoslavia, the wars of the ’90s, the killing sites.