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San Sabba Concentration Camp
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Ripping out the dark pages of history books is not a wise thing to do. That’s why places like Risiera di San Sabba are not merely a tourist destination but also an adequate educational opportunity for society. 

Risiera di San Sabba is a former concentration camp that used to function on Trieste’s territory in the Italian Social Republic. What happened around the place, and how does it serve today? We went, we saw, we captured. And we are here to prepare you for your visit.

The History Behind San Sabba Concentration Camp

The Risiera di San Sabba began its history as a local rice processing factory until World War II when things changed dramatically. After September 8, 1943, the massive complex of multiple-story buildings became a local concentration camp. An additional crematorium was also put into operation inside of it.

The Nazi occupiers first used it as a provisional prison camp for keeping the Italian soldiers. Later on, it was restructured to serve as a Police Detention Camp: it was intended to keep deportees to Germany and Poland and physically eliminate hostages, partisans, and political Jews.

Jews, civilian and military prisoners were locked up in large dormitories, where they waited for deportation to Germany. These were men, women, and children of all ages, whose marks are still visible on the interior walls of Risiera di San Sabba. Almost all of them ended up in Dachau, Auschwitz, or Mauthausen, facing a tragic fate that none of them could avoid.

After World War II was finally over, the building complex served as a refugee camp and transition point for hundreds of people. Most of them were known to be ethnic Italians who fled from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

San Sabba Concentration Camp Nowadays

In 1965, the Risiera di San Sabba was listed as a National Monument by decree of the President of the Republic. 

In 1975 the Risiera, restructured by the Roman architect Boico, became the Civic Museum of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Nowadays, the area hosts multiple exhibitions and educational events, which display its detailed history, as repulsive as it may happen to be. Visitors are welcome to join a guided tour and listen to many graduates’ lectures in historical, artistic, and literary subjects, who discuss the site from a historical, topographical, and architectural point of view.

The museum entrance is free of charge, while visits start every hour from 9 AM to 5 PM. Guided tours are subject to additional fees, declared on the official website of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Honestly, this might not be the most delightful tourist destination on Earth, and yet it is so much more than a tourist destination: it is a story of what once was and what needs to be never again. 

Via Giovanni Palatucci, 5, 34148 Trieste TS, Italy

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Ripping out the dark pages of history books is not a wise thing to do. That’s why places like Risiera di San Sabba are not merely a tourist destination but also an adequate educational opportunity for society. 

Risiera di San Sabba is a former concentration camp that used to function on Trieste’s territory in the Italian Social Republic. What happened around the place, and how does it serve today? We went, we saw, we captured. And we are here to prepare you for your visit.

The History Behind San Sabba Concentration Camp

The Risiera di San Sabba began its history as a local rice processing factory until World War II when things changed dramatically. After September 8, 1943, the massive complex of multiple-story buildings became a local concentration camp. An additional crematorium was also put into operation inside of it.

The Nazi occupiers first used it as a provisional prison camp for keeping the Italian soldiers. Later on, it was restructured to serve as a Police Detention Camp: it was intended to keep deportees to Germany and Poland and physically eliminate hostages, partisans, and political Jews.

Jews, civilian and military prisoners were locked up in large dormitories, where they waited for deportation to Germany. These were men, women, and children of all ages, whose marks are still visible on the interior walls of Risiera di San Sabba. Almost all of them ended up in Dachau, Auschwitz, or Mauthausen, facing a tragic fate that none of them could avoid.

After World War II was finally over, the building complex served as a refugee camp and transition point for hundreds of people. Most of them were known to be ethnic Italians who fled from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

San Sabba Concentration Camp Nowadays

In 1965, the Risiera di San Sabba was listed as a National Monument by decree of the President of the Republic. 

In 1975 the Risiera, restructured by the Roman architect Boico, became the Civic Museum of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Nowadays, the area hosts multiple exhibitions and educational events, which display its detailed history, as repulsive as it may happen to be. Visitors are welcome to join a guided tour and listen to many graduates’ lectures in historical, artistic, and literary subjects, who discuss the site from a historical, topographical, and architectural point of view.

The museum entrance is free of charge, while visits start every hour from 9 AM to 5 PM. Guided tours are subject to additional fees, declared on the official website of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Honestly, this might not be the most delightful tourist destination on Earth, and yet it is so much more than a tourist destination: it is a story of what once was and what needs to be never again. 

Via Giovanni Palatucci, 5, 34148 Trieste TS, Italy

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Via Giovanni Palatucci, 5, 34148 Trieste TS, Italy

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Explore more nearby places in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Ripping out the dark pages of history books is not a wise thing to do. That’s why places like Risiera di San Sabba are not merely a tourist destination but also an adequate educational opportunity for society. 

Risiera di San Sabba is a former concentration camp that used to function on Trieste’s territory in the Italian Social Republic. What happened around the place, and how does it serve today? We went, we saw, we captured. And we are here to prepare you for your visit.

The History Behind San Sabba Concentration Camp

The Risiera di San Sabba began its history as a local rice processing factory until World War II when things changed dramatically. After September 8, 1943, the massive complex of multiple-story buildings became a local concentration camp. An additional crematorium was also put into operation inside of it.

The Nazi occupiers first used it as a provisional prison camp for keeping the Italian soldiers. Later on, it was restructured to serve as a Police Detention Camp: it was intended to keep deportees to Germany and Poland and physically eliminate hostages, partisans, and political Jews.

Jews, civilian and military prisoners were locked up in large dormitories, where they waited for deportation to Germany. These were men, women, and children of all ages, whose marks are still visible on the interior walls of Risiera di San Sabba. Almost all of them ended up in Dachau, Auschwitz, or Mauthausen, facing a tragic fate that none of them could avoid.

After World War II was finally over, the building complex served as a refugee camp and transition point for hundreds of people. Most of them were known to be ethnic Italians who fled from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

San Sabba Concentration Camp Nowadays

In 1965, the Risiera di San Sabba was listed as a National Monument by decree of the President of the Republic. 

In 1975 the Risiera, restructured by the Roman architect Boico, became the Civic Museum of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Nowadays, the area hosts multiple exhibitions and educational events, which display its detailed history, as repulsive as it may happen to be. Visitors are welcome to join a guided tour and listen to many graduates’ lectures in historical, artistic, and literary subjects, who discuss the site from a historical, topographical, and architectural point of view.

The museum entrance is free of charge, while visits start every hour from 9 AM to 5 PM. Guided tours are subject to additional fees, declared on the official website of the Risiera di San Sabba.

Honestly, this might not be the most delightful tourist destination on Earth, and yet it is so much more than a tourist destination: it is a story of what once was and what needs to be never again. 

Via Giovanni Palatucci, 5, 34148 Trieste TS, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Via Giovanni Palatucci, 5, 34148 Trieste TS, Italy

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