Peace Monument

During the Second World War, there were around 3000 soldiers and civilians from 27 countries buried in the Pobrežje Cemetery.
Between 1941 and 1942, 1895 Soviet soldiers, who died due to inhuman treatment and horrible hygiene conditions in the prisoner camp in Melje, were buried here. 38 soldiers from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Great Britain, who died between the years 1941 and 1945 in the large prisoner camp for allied soldiers, were also buried in the Pobrežje Cemetery.

Apart from them, 682 soldiers from Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Denmark, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany,Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA and 330 civil victims of the bombing were also buried in the Cemetery in the last two years of the war.

Due to the expansion of the Cemetery to the area of the former war graves after the Second World War, and due to the exhumation of the bodies of some of the soldiers, it is difficult to say with absolute certainty, how many of those who died here still rest in the same place where they were originally buried. Most of them were reburied into the common grave at the Peace monument which was erected in memory of all the war victims without any dividing and value judgements, but only to create memories.
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