"Croatia's Alcatraz”

"Croatia's Alcatraz”

Rab island Croatia - Goli otok (‘Naked Island’) - The island is about 2 miles (3 km) across from west to east, and a little more from north to south, so not very big, but quite forbidding to look at. Its rugged terrain outside the built-up and wooded parts is covered with parched beige-to-white rocks. It's like a bleached moonscape.
The prison on Goli Otok was first set up in 1949. That was just after Tito had fallen out with Stalin and the Soviet Union and started pursuing a “third way”, within the communist world, but outside the Eastern Bloc (instead he later founded the Non-Aligned Movement – cf. Brioni). So the first prisoners were genuine or merely alleged Stalinists and pro-Soviet communists, but also anti-communists.

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