Gestapo Prisons at Dravograd

Dravograd

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Gestapovski zapori

Trg 4. Julija 7 SI-2370, Dravograd

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The Gestapo Prisons located in the cellars of the Municipal Offices of Dravograd are a memorial to the severe suffering of the Slovene people during the German occupation 1941–1945. The museum was opened to the public soon after the war. In 1982 the memorial museum underwent a thorough renovation. Five prison cells featuring the graffiti of prisoners’ final messages before execution and testimonies of those who survived are on display, while the memorial room on the first floor provides more information on the events in the region of Dravograd during the Second World War, with maps presenting German occupation of the area, partisan resistance, and actions and strategies where Germans countered partisan activity. There are also uniforms and documents on the Gestapo interrogation and warnings. The Gestapo in Dravograd were notorious for cruelty over the civilian population and Russian prisoners who were building a hydro electric plant on the Drava River. Torture cells could be filled with water so prisoners had to stand without sleep for days at a time if they did not want to drown. Prisoners suffered severe thirst, because the water they were standing in was contaminated.

Literature

Dravograd Library

Dravograd

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Knjižnica Dravograd

Koroška cesta 47 SI-2370, Dravograd

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Tracing its origins back to 1921, Dravograd Library has stood as an information and cultural centre of the Municipality of Dravograd since 1966, playing an important role in enriching the social life and fostering reading culture. In addition to the main activity of lending library material, it hosts literary evenings, story-telling hours, reading hours for special needs individuals, lectures, exhibitions, book clubs, and also maintains a local collection department. Participating in a number of Slovene and European lifelong learning projects, the library features a lifelong learning point, which provides free Internet access, as well as language, computer, and other courses.

Cultural heritage

Bukovje Manor House

Dravograd

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Dvorec Bukovje

Bukovje 13 SI-2370, Dravograd

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The Baroque Bukovje Manor House is one of the most important monuments of the historicistic castle architecture in Slovenia, dating back to the beginning of the 18th Century. The chapel of the mansion is protected as a cultural monument.

Today the Bukovje Manor House is a cultural events venue as well as a popular set for wedding ceremonies.

Background

The Puchenstein Castle on the Pukštajn Peak dates to the 13th century. It was severely damaged in a 1706 fire. Only ruins have been preserved until today.

In Yugoslavia, the Puchenstein Manor was used as barracks of the Yugoslav People’s Army, and was owned by the Slovenian Ministry of Defence until 2008.