Death Camp Concert Angers Survivors

Belgrade camp has been neglected; buildings illegally sold
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 7:33 PM CDT
This is the Sept. 2007 file photo of Chabad Rabbi Motti Seligson, and Chabad Rabbi Saadya Notik, right, from New York as they read near a small monument in the World War II Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A small, neglected, concentration camp near downtown Belgrade will host a rock concert this weekend, angering Holocaust survivors and Belgrade's small Jewish population. Called "the forgotten concentration camp," Sajmiste was the site of the murder of 48,000 Serbs—leftists, nationalists, and nearly all 8,000 of Belgrade's Jews. "It's like holding a wedding at a graveyard," says the chairman of the camp's memorial center.

Sajmiste was extremely unusual in being built near a major city—on what were Belgrade's fairgrounds—which makes it valuable real estate, as the city has expanded around it, the AP reports. Parts of the camp have been sold off to private companies; the rock concerts are held inside what used to be the camp's hospital. "This place has to live off something," says a spokesman for the company.