Državni arhiv u Sisku

  • The State Archive in Sisak
  • DASK

History

Sisak Synagogue was the 19th century synagogue in Sisak, Croatia built in the 1880. During World War II it was devastated and robbed, and synagogue rabbi Beno Heisz was killed in 1943. Synagogue today serves as a music school.

Cemetery established in early 19th century exists with 150 monuments on property heavily damaged in 1944/45 by Allied bombing. Remains were exhumed in 1960. Source: Srdjan Matic, MD, 40 West 95th Street, Apt. 1-B, New York, NY 10025. (212) 222-7783. Possibly a few broken stones exist. [January 2009]

Geographical and Cultural Context

Sisak children's concentration camp (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Sisak children's concentration camp was a concentration camp during World War II, set up by the Croatian pro-nazi Ustaše government for Serbian, Jewish and Romani children. The camp was located in Sisak, Croatia. It was part of the Jasenovac cluster of concentration and death camps and of the wider Nazi-controlled genocidal effort across Europe. 1 Prelude 2 The camp

In the town of Sisak, situated near the town of Jasenovac, Ustaše presence was vigilant. Early in 1942, the local synagogue was robbed utterly, and the building later housed a worker's hall. The settlers of Sisak were quickly brought to Ustaše attention, and those of them that were of Serbian or Jewish kinship were tormented.

The camp The camp held more than 6600 Serbian, Jewish and Roma children throughout World War II. The children, aged between 3 and 16, were housed in abandoned stables, ridden with filth and pests. Malnutrition and dysentery seriously impaired the children's health. They were fed daily with a portion of thin gruel and treated horribly by the Ustaše guards. "Witnesses recount seeing an Ustasha soldier pick up a child by the legs and smash its head against a wall until it was dead, ..." The Red-Cross noticed the existence of the camp, and even tried to be of use and aid to the children, subsequently obtaining the release of some children, while others were poisoned with caustic soda later on. It is estimated that the death count was nearly 4,000.

Archival and Other Holdings

Archival holdings of the National Archives in Sisak, which currently consists of more than 800 record collections and other documentation starts in the year 1565, until today.