Croatia :: island Goli Otok

Goli otok (Croatian for "Barren Island") is an island off the northern Adriatic coast, located between Rab's northeastern shore and the mainland. The island is barren and uninhabited. Its northern shore is almost completely bare, while the southern one has small amounts of vegetation as well as a number of coves. Throughout World War I, Austria-Hungary sent Russian prisoners of war from Eastern Front to Goli Otok. In 1949, the entire island was officially made into a high-security prison. The prison inmates were forced to do heavy labor in a stone quarry, regardless of the weather conditions: in the summer it was 35-40 C, while in the winter they were subjected to chilling bora wind. The prison was shut down in 1988. Since then it has only been frequented by the occasional tourist, and some sheep-herders from Rab.

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