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The monument on Ovcara is so simple, so small and so strong at the same time to touch everyone's heart.
From the main road you have to take small road that passes through Ovcara farm, near the pig farm building.
Then it leads straight to the fields. You are surrounded only by Slavonian plains and fields. You literally feel as this is the end. As it was the end for 200 persons killed here.
At the end of the road there is a parking place and you have to continue on foot. It is not a long walk, just a narrow path curving around some trees.
And then you reach the end. Still surrounded only by the fields you discover this beautiful monument done by Croatian sculptor Slavomir Drinkovic.
It is made of black polished marble cut in four pieces that form a cross. At the junction the four parts make a pigeon - symbol of piece.
A simple words are inscribed to the stone: In the memory on 200 wounded Croatian defenders and civilians from Vukovar hospitals that were executed in the Great-Serbian aggression on Republic Of Croatia.
And a place to lit the candle.
Updated Oct 9, 2004
When the Serb forces took control of Vukovar on November 19th, 1991 one of the worst crimes happenned in Vukovar's hospital. After being attacked by hundreds of bombs the only working part of the hospital was its basement, with approximately 400 wounded patients, soldiers and hospital staff. They were to be evacuated from Vukovar according to the special agreement between Croatian government and Serbian/Yugoslav army.
What happenned is that around 260 people were taken by army trucks to a nearby pig farm in Ovcara, about four kilometers south of Vukovar. Patients were beaten up there, and approximately 200 of them were executed shortly afterwards and then buried in a mass grave.
The only witnesses of this massacre were the people that were forced to serve in Yugoslav army. It took several years of exhumations and investigations to gather enough evidence that formed the basis of the indictment at the Hague tribunal.
Updated Oct 9, 2004
Many people hate large concrete structures. I guess in 1991 it was mostly hated by the members of Yugoslav army and Serbian forces.
This huge water tower, built in 1960s, was bombed day by day and as the months of siege of Vukovar went on it became the symbol of its destruction.
At the end of the three-months siege in 1991 there was no single house in Vukovar that had a roof. People were hiding in basements for months. Church and castle burned and almost vanished, both residential high-rises and church towers no longer stood up.
The only structure that still stood over the ghost city was this water tower.
It still stands with holes in its body, reminding everyone of the stupidity of the recent agression.
Written Oct 8, 2004
The Castle of Erdut looks more alike mannor or summer villa but two towers at the corners of the building give it the castle look alike. The castle was built in the beginning of the 19th century by the noble family Adamovic from Cepin. Later on it become a property of Cseh family, who during Hapsburg rule were governors of Srijem province.
Erdut is famous for its vineyards and its high quality of wines, in pasticularly Chardonnay, Pinot and Zweigelt. There is huge wine cellar, adjacent to the castle, established in 1730. The cellar if famous for its 75.000 litres wooden barrel which entered in a Guiness book of records.
Updated Mar 8, 2012