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by on November 20, 2004 at 7:20 am in Economics | Permalink

Croatia may reopen its most notorious communist-era prison for tourists willing to part with their money to re-enact the life of a political prisoner – including hard labor, stale food and nights in solitary confinement.

The plan has the support of some local officials and even former inmates, who have offered to work as tour guides, though the city council has yet to make a final decision.

"If you want to experience some of the torture that political prisoners underwent … just come along," said Josip Modric, an architect who is promoting the project.

Modric envisions tourists being issued convict uniforms, pounding large stones with a sledgehammer and hauling the pieces on their backs to quarries around the prison on Goli Otok, a barren island in the northern Adriatic Sea.

Those who sign up would be given written awards after completing their "prison sentence."

Here is the full story, which notes that real torture will not be allowed.  Thanks to Jonathan Dingel (read his blog) for the pointer.

Along related lines, The Wall Street Journal (November 19, p.A12) reports that communist-era "nostalgia brands" are sweeping Eastern Europe.

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