La Foiba di Basovizza

La Foiba di Basovizza, Trieste: Address, Phone Number, La Foiba di Basovizza Reviews: 4.5/5

La Foiba di Basovizza
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Yes, but...
Dec 2018
Last time I was there it was in the eighties, when the site was an unprepossessing wasteland encroached by cars recklessly parked everywhere. It looks much better now, with newly-built stonewalls, a poignant memorial echoing a wooden trestle, and a modern visitor centre. I had mixed feelings during all my visit – the site looks straightforward, but if you scratch the surface the whole place appears as a complex landscape of dissonant narratives about a highly contentious past which nowadays is still problematic. A prayer inscribed on a wall urges visitors to acknowledge and respect shared suffering, while other smaller memorials embrace a one-sided narrative of victimhood and oppression. A plaque, for instance, puts the foibe mass killings in the context of a brutal aggression (which is undoubtedly true) but conveniently forgets an earlier invasion which saw Italian troops taking part in ruthless repressions in the Balkans, just a couple of years earlier. The small visitor centre is tidy and well laid out, but a visitor conversant with contested heritage can easily pick up an unsettling undercurrent. A polite and helpful member of staff immediately told me that the panels represents the shared position of Italian and Slovenian historians, were produced by a committee of scholars of all stripes, and contain only factual evidence as to allow visitors to assess the matter independently and reach their own conclusions. I concede that the overall tone is balanced and avoids extreme positions, but the narrative is rather unproblematic and merely hints at the Yugoslav perspective. Contributors are Italians, the exhibition is sponsored by an organisation whose mission is to promote Italian identity, and – icing on the cake - text is in Italian only. You should visit the site and pay respect to the enormous suffering inflicted in the name of total war, incompatible totalitarian systems, hatred, and distorted ideas of ethnical superiority, but you should also try put in a broader perspective, and at least try to acknowledge the existence of points of view you may wholeheartedly disagree with.

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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,173 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2020
Interesting monument near the center of Trieste. A momument with a very cruel story and to remember the victims of the ocupation from Yugoslavia.
Written 7 September 2020
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AlexPesar0
Lincoln, UK32 contributions
Yes, but...
Dec 2018
Last time I was there it was in the eighties, when the site was an unprepossessing wasteland encroached by cars recklessly parked everywhere. It looks much better now, with newly-built stonewalls, a poignant memorial echoing a wooden trestle, and a modern visitor centre.
I had mixed feelings during all my visit – the site looks straightforward, but if you scratch the surface the whole place appears as a complex landscape of dissonant narratives about a highly contentious past which nowadays is still problematic. A prayer inscribed on a wall urges visitors to acknowledge and respect shared suffering, while other smaller memorials embrace a one-sided narrative of victimhood and oppression. A plaque, for instance, puts the foibe mass killings in the context of a brutal aggression (which is undoubtedly true) but conveniently forgets an earlier invasion which saw Italian troops taking part in ruthless repressions in the Balkans, just a couple of years earlier.
The small visitor centre is tidy and well laid out, but a visitor conversant with contested heritage can easily pick up an unsettling undercurrent. A polite and helpful member of staff immediately told me that the panels represents the shared position of Italian and Slovenian historians, were produced by a committee of scholars of all stripes, and contain only factual evidence as to allow visitors to assess the matter independently and reach their own conclusions. I concede that the overall tone is balanced and avoids extreme positions, but the narrative is rather unproblematic and merely hints at the Yugoslav perspective. Contributors are Italians, the exhibition is sponsored by an organisation whose mission is to promote Italian identity, and – icing on the cake - text is in Italian only.
You should visit the site and pay respect to the enormous suffering inflicted in the name of total war, incompatible totalitarian systems, hatred, and distorted ideas of ethnical superiority, but you should also try put in a broader perspective, and at least try to acknowledge the existence of points of view you may wholeheartedly disagree with.
Written 30 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stefan
109 contributions
Real History
May 2018 • Family
Everybody need to consider that this place many times beeing used for Manipulationfor a visitors.
Mostly the dead civilians are Slovenians and not Italians.
To All visitors I do warmly suggest to visit nearby Basovizza.
In Basovizza you will find the monument as a sad memmory for falling Slovenian Heroes during the era of Fascism.
Herroes were the part of TIGR movement.
And TIGR movement was the first Antifascist and AntiNacist movement inWhole Europe.
Written 9 May 2018
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Miha P
Maribor, Slovenia8,793 contributions
Average monument about terrible moments of history
Aug 2017 • Friends
Area is arranged as a monument with lot of political influence. Each killed man here was victim of fascism and all effects after, till the communist revenge. Visitor needs to go to Bazovica and see the monuments to the first victims of fascism, too. It is time to build a new monument to all different victims of all wars in the area.
Written 25 August 2017
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WBeeW
58 contributions
Stark and chilling monument
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a very simple but significant monument. It would have helped to have had information in other languages please, instead of just Italian
Written 21 August 2017
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Stefano A
Reggio Emilia, Italy121 contributions
the mess of Yugoslavian army in Italy at the end of the II WW
Jan 2017 • Friends
Basovizza is an important place for the italian history. many people were killed by Tito's army. it's important do not forget it.
Written 4 January 2017
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Maria H
8 contributions
I was on holiday and just going around in Monrupino.
Aug 2016 • Couples
It was very interesting and thinkfull. How people turn devil this massacres of Foiba show us. After tha massacres the bodies dropped in the deep mine.
Written 2 September 2016
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PeppeinVespa
Greater Manchester, UK58 contributions
People killed after the end of the II World War by the Yugoslavian Army
Aug 2016 • Family
This place shows you what the Yugoslavian Army did during and especially after the II World War.
The Basovizza Foiba is a cavity in the mountain (around 250 m deep) closer to Trieste used as waste dump in the past. the first time in the 1943 and the second time in 1945 (after the end of the Second World War), Tito's partisans (the future Yugoslavian Army) put a big effort to purge Trieste and the neighborhood from the Italian authorities representatives (like policemen, fire brigades, public authorities or simple people against Tito) throwing them inside the cavity. It seems that between 6.000 / 7.000 people were killed by the communist army.
This place is another symbol to demonstrate that every dictatorship killed a lot of innocent people.
Basovizza is not far from Trieste and it can be reached by car. Inside the area, there is a permanent exhibition about this hard piece of history.
Written 17 August 2016
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Marco Secchi
London, UK188 contributions
Historically very intereseting
Sep 2015 • Couples
Very interesting place and makes you think about the effect of was and civil wars. It is just off the main road and is really worth a short detour
Written 22 April 2016
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daniele5551
Washington194 contributions
A must if you are interested in cold war
Sep 2015 • Family
It is a grim place. Hundreds or bodies of mostly innocent people were thrown by Tito's partisan . A black hole in the history of the Italian-Yugoslav relations for decades . Need taxi or your own car.
Written 27 March 2016
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