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The Goli otok (Barren island) labor camp was one of the best kept secrets in Tito’s Yugoslavia. During the Tito-Stalin split of 1948, over 13,000 genuine and alleged Stalin supporters were incarcerated and subjected to harsh treatment. Violence and hard labor were used in order to politically “re-educate” inmates. Several methods used in the camps, including a complex system of fictional self-management, make Goli otok a unique labor camp phenomenon in 20th-century history.

Martin Previšić is an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

This talk is sponsored by the UNC-CH Department of History.

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