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Hundreds travel to Austria for memorial

A memorial for WWI victims from the western Croatian peninsula of Istria will take place in the Austrian town of Gmünd on Sunday, marking 100 years from the beginning of the First World War.

Around 300 visitors from Istria will travel in five buses from Croatia to Austria to commemorate the thousands of Istrians who were forcibly moved to Austria during WWI, many of whom died in a refugee camp in Gmünd.

More than 15,000 people from Istria were housed in the Gmünd camp during the war. About 5,000 people died due to epidemics and diseases and were buried in Gmünd refugee cemetery.

On the morning of 18 May at 9:30, a service will be held in the Sacred Heart Church, followed by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the Flüchtlingspark (Refugee Park) at 10:30.

Both events are open to the public.

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