Tenja concentration camp

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Tenja concentration camp
Concentration camp
Spomenik na mjestu logora Tenja.JPG
Memorial between Tenja and Osijek, which was the location of the Tenja concentracion camp for Jews in 1942
Location Tenja, Independent State of Croatia (modern-day Croatia)
Built by Jews from Osijek and its surroundings
Operated by Ustaše, Independent State of Croatia[1]
Original use Envelope factory Mursa Mill
Operational March 1942 — August 1942[2]
Inmates Jews
Number of inmates 3,000 Jews

The Tenja concentration camp (Croatian: Tenja koncentracioni logor) was one of 26 concentration camps established in the Independent State of Croatia during World War II.[3] It was located close to village of Tenja near Osijek and operated by Ustaše.

Establishment[edit]

Similar to Terezin camp, the Tenja camp was not concentration camp in its ordinary meaning of the word because it was planned to become small settlement inhabited and governed by Jews.[4] The decision to establish this concentration camp was made in January 1942 by Grand Župan of Baranja, Stjepan Heffer, the military and police headquarters of Baranja and city government who all planned deportation of Osijek Jews to Tenja as the final solution of Jewish question in Osijek and its surroundings.[5]

The building of the settlement was completed in April 1942 with funds collected by Jewish municipality of Osijek Jewish Community.[6] The camp included a building of the former envelope factory Mursa Mill used to accommodate very old and ill inmates.[7]

Disestablishment[edit]

Around 3,000 Jewish inmates were deported from Tenje to Auschwitz and Jasenovac.[8] The first departure of 1,700 inmates was organized on 14 August 1942, second on 18 August and remaining inmates were deported at the end of August, some of them first to Lobor concentration camp and then to Auschwitz.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenrick 2004, p. 55: "... the Ustashe-run concentration camps: Jasenovac, Stara Gradiska, Strug and Tenje."
  2. ^ Gutman 1995, p. 326.
  3. ^ Jacobs 2009, p. 158: "A total of twenty-six concentration camps were established on the territory of NDH, such as Drnje, Kruš cica, Surovo, Bugojno, Bijeljina, Lepoglava, Rogatica, Vlasenica, Tuzla, Tenje, and Pag, but only Jadovno, Jasenovac, and Stara Gradiška were large extermination camps."
  4. ^ Steckel 1973, p. 44.
  5. ^ Živaković-Kerže 2006, p. 127.
  6. ^ Centar 1984, p. 379: "Naselje i nastambe u logoru Tenje izgrađene su nastojanjem i sredstvima Židovske općine u Osijeku u travnju 1942. god."
  7. ^ a b Dakina 1994, p. 168.
  8. ^ Sorić 1989, p. 137: "2,000 Sarajevo Jews and about 3,000 from the Tenje camp near Osijek deported to Auschwitz and Jasenovac."

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Further reading[edit]

  • Zlata Živaković-Kerže, (Hrvatski institut za povijest – Podružnica za povijest Slavonije, Srijema i Baranje, Slavonski Brod) OD ŽIDOVSKOG NASELJA U TENJI DO SABIRNOG LOGORA