In an abandoned coal mine near Huda Jama, Slovenia, thousands of people were killed by the Yugoslav Partisans during mid May and well into June 1945 following the Bleiburg repatriations.
The location of the massacre was sealed with concrete barriers and discussion about it was forbidden.
Investigation of the Barbara Pit mine (Slovene: Barbara rov) began in 2008 and took several months for workers to remove concrete walls built after the war to seal the cave. Initially 8 layers of mummified bodies were found followed by further bodies which filled a nearby vertical mine-shaft.
8 meters of concrete walls separated these huddled and murdered masses for the outside world for over 6 decades.
Historian, Investigator, and Film Maker Roman Leljak, who was a leader of the initial team to uncover this genocidal hell pit left by Titoist Partizans, is now embarking on telling their story in a feature length film portraying the final days and hours of these forgotten souls.
Beyond a documentary, in terms of its factual re-enactment, the film is intended to shock, as much as educate, a world unaware of this horrific story placing the viewer within the victims ranks as they marched to their fate in May 1945.
As members of the Croatian International Diaspora, many of whom will have personal family connection to this and other events of those times, we ask you to join in bringing their story back to life so that their cries can finally be heard from the depths of Huda Jama by an unaware world.
- Ana-Laura Spehar
- Stanislav Erdeg
- Marijana Derek-Matic
- Vanda Boras Podravac
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