Sajmište was a nazi concentration camp (1941-1944) in Belgrade, at the place of the >Old Trade Fair< which means >Staro Sajmište< in Serbian language. Its located close to the banks of river Sava. People were transported there, people were killed in a gas van, many died in the camp because of inhuman conditions.
The documentary movie Dobar otac – The Good Father ist telling about. . . A german woman, Beate Niemann, is researching about her father, whom she saw last when she was 5 years old and police took him away. She grew up without him but with the stories her mother told about the good father. So the daughter wanted to help him while he was imprisoned in Leipzig in times of GDR – she thought that he was not guilty. Her research educes another story. Her father, Bruno Sattler, has been in Belgrade in role of chief of Gestapo. (2005 the book „Mein guter Vater“ was published)
excerpt wikipedia: „From March to May 1942, the Nazis used the gas van to kill all the Jews imprisoned in Sajmište. This accounted for almost all the Jews in Serbia. (Of the Serbian Jewish population of 16,000, the Nazis murdered approximately 14,500.) Most of the survivors were either being hidden by Serbian friends or had joined the Partisans.“
Some rooms inside the main buildig with the tower are today used as atelier. The buidlings around became living places. The houses are in bad condition. A monument is representing what happend at that place, but i could not find any name, writing or date.
The serbian TV chanal B92 produced a documentary film (serbian language) about the camp and published this on internet. You can see the area and interviews with witnesses and camp inmates. Sajmiste – Istorija jednog logora
A group of serbian and german students met 2010 in Belgrad and developed and constructed together a web site about Staro Sajmiste / the old trade fair. a visit to staro sajmiste
On this map i found that there is a stone on which is written what happend at this place. I missed it when I was there. Maybe because i felt unauthorized to walk around in Staro Sajmiste. In my opinion there should be done more to remember and tell people about. It is good that somebody began to talk.