Memorial site Stari Brod

A memorial complex was erected in Stari Brod in Visegrad in memory of the horrific crime in World War II that took place in the spring of 1942, when over 6.000 Serbs were killed at this site. In the Ustasha (Croatian fascists) offensive, commanded by Colonel Jure Francetic, Serb civilians from the areas of Sarajevo, Pale, Olovo, Sokolac, Kladanj, Han Pijesak, Rogatica and Visegrad fled towards Serbia. Due to the blockade of the bridge in Visegrad by the Italian Nazi forces, it was not possible to cross the Visegrad bridge, and the columns of refugees were moving towards the villages of Milosevici and Stari Brod, in order to cross to Serbia by wood rafts. The Ustashas were waiting for them on that inaccessible terrain and in the most brutal way they were killed, tortured, women were raped and thrown into the river Drina. This crime has been kept silent for more than half a century. It was only in 2008 that a memorial to the victims was erected in Stari Brod, in 2014 a memorial chapel was consecrated, and in 2019 a memorial museum was built.

In the Stari Brod Memorial Museum, 27 sculptures with 39 figures have been placed, which symbolize the escape and the entry of Serbian mothers with their children in their arms into the river Drina. The conceptual design of the museum was made by the architect Novica Motika from Zvornik, and the donors of the construction of the museum were Miodrag Davidovic Daka and Spasoje Albijanic. Inside the museum, there are a few preserved photographs of crimes from 1942, as well as a list with the names of the victims. One of the specific details of the museum is the glass console made above the river Drina, six steps long, which symbolically represents the path of suffering, each step over the water represents a thousand victims.
So far, the only way to get from Visegrad to the Stari Brod Memorial Complex was by one of the Visegrad tourist boats, or tourist speedboat, and at the end of 2020, a new road to Stari Brod was built along the left bank of the Drina River.
The first 9 km from Visegrad is an asphalt road, adequate for passenger cars, while the last 5 km from the village of Milosevici to Stari Brod is still not fully arranged and asphalted, and is recommended only for off-road vehicles, pedestrians and Mounty bike cyclists.