After the International Symposium in Belgrade of 21 October 2017, a study visit to the Bor mine was organized for the symposium participants, historians, experts, and students of the Railway Technical School of Professional Studies from Belgrade.
During the Second World War the Bor mine was part of the forced labour camp complex, where prisoners were forced to work on copper exploitation on open pit and underground mines. “Bor mine” labour camp consisted of 33 sub-camps, where as many as 30,000 thousand prisoners were engaged in forced labour. Among the prisoners were Jews and Hungarian, Greek, Polish, and Italian prisoners of war, members of resistance and others.
Participants in the study visit had the opportunity to visit the open pit mine, as well as the underground mine, accompanied by local experts. DragoslavVeljković, a local guide and one of the authors of the book “The lost maps of Bor camps” gave a tour around the city of Bor, including the sites of some of the sub-camps. The participants also visited the monument of the former camp prisoner and poet Mikloš Radnoti. At the end of the tour, Dragan Stojmenović gave a lecture at the Bor National Library, featuring a screening of a documentary film with testimonies of survivors of the Bor camp.
Saša Srbulović, technical preparation manager, Bor mines.