The blog Crack Two recently posted images of public monuments that were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s in Tito's Yugoslavia. In their heyday, these sculptures and buildings commemorated the World War II battles and concentration camps. Now, they lie abandoned, with their historical context and significance no longer indicated. From the Crack Two post:
These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul ...) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković...), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their "patriotic education." After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.
See all the images here. (Hat tip: Carter Cleveland)
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