23431 Plitvička jezera / Končarev krajParent institution: THE CROATIAN HISTORY MUSEUMMuseum profile: memorialFounded: 1959
Category of museum collection: CCategory of museum building: CNumber of inventoried museum items: 150A permanent museum exhibition put up in the birth house of Rade Končar. The ground floor rooms present the biographical part of the exhibition, containing photographs, documents and personal belongings. The first floor is set up as an authentic interior with furnishings and ethnographic items from Končar's life, dating from before the Second World War, when life was still led in the traditional way.From September 1991 to August 1995, the Museum was on occupied territory, inaccessible to museum workers and protection services.
The evacuation of holdings, inventoried as a part of the Museum of the Revolution of the Peoples of Croatia, namely the Croatian History Museum, was impossible.INFORMATION ON THE MUSEUM DURING THE OCCUPATION*There was no information on the Museum during the occupation.It was not until after liberation, in August 1995, that it was possible to assess the damage on the building and the museum holdings.
The buildings were found to be completely neglected but in a relatively good shape. Lesser damage was ascertained: gutters were torn, break-ins had damaged locks on doors, windowpanes were broken, and two window casements were missing. The fireplace (beam with pressed earth) and fuse box were destroyed. The plot was neglected, overgrown with grass and weeds, and various items were strewn all over it: kitchen utensils, clothing and military equipment.
After the examination and revision of holdings it was stated that a certain number of items were missing. A small number of items had suffered physical damage, while the textiles were in very bad shape due to the lack of airing over a long period and the fact that they were exposed to damp and rodents.It was ascertained that items are missing from the biographic and ethnographic part of the exhibition, ethnographic textiles and Končar's personal items.
Ethnographic collection - 22 missing and 3 damaged objects.
Weapons collection - 1 missing object.
Memorial and Documentary collection - 16 missing objects.
Rade Končars family house. (Photo: Z. Jovanović, 1985.)