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The Croation Alcatraz': This abandoned island was once a 'living hell' for political prisoners

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In 1949, an island off the coast of Croatia was turned into a prison called Goli Otok. This high security prison was run by the former Republic of Yugoslavia to stop political prisoners from supporting Stalinism. Prisoners were taught "moral correction" through hard labor, exposure and being forced to beat and torture each other. An estimated 4,000 did not survive the torturous conditions.

Goli Otik was finally shut down in 1988. The island prison was abandoned and left to decay, an eerie reminder of a dark past.

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