A commemorative plaque dedicated to Montenegrin victims in Mauthausen Camp

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A commemorative plaque dedicated to Montenegrin victims was unveiled at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial yesterday, during the commemoration of 71 years since the liberation of the camp, the Ministry of Defence stated, adding that a wreath was laid at the central monument to the victims.

The ministry said that over 100 Montenegrin prisoners were confined in the camp. Half of them died.

The ceremony on the occasion of 71st anniversary of the camp closure and unveiling the commemorative plaque was attended by Montenegrin ambassador Ivan Milic, a military attaché in Austria, Lt. Gen. Ljubisa Jokic, military adviser, Lieutenant Commander Vucic Boskovic, second secretary at the Embassy of Montenegro in Austria, Djordje Jankovic, vice president and secretary general of the SUBNOR veterans association and antifascists of Montenegro Ljubomir Sekulic and Dragan Mitov Djurovic.

After the ceremony, the book of memories with over 84,000 names of prisoners whose identities have been verified so far was presented. According to the Mauthausen Memorial, more than 200,000 people were detained in the camp. At least 90,000 of them were killed or died immediately after the release due to the consequences of terror in the camp.

Celebrating the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp is the largest ceremony of its kind in Europe. This year, nearly 6,000 people from all over the world, including six surviving inmates, attended the ceremony. It has been organised continuously since 1947.

The Austrian President Heinz Fischer and several ministers of the Austrian government paid a tribute to the victims of the camp.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro