What does the name "Jadovno", a town near Gospić where a concentration camp used to be during World War 2, mean? Was the town named after the concentration camp (from "jad" meaning "suffering") or was it the other way around? If it was the other way around, what does the name "Jadovno" mean then?

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    Please establish that Jadovno is 'a town'. Viewed from above we see nothing but hills, cliffs and trees… Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 12:08
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    One translation for jad is grief, sorrow or woe and jadovno translates as miserable.
    – Fred
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 16:42
  • @Fred Why is that important? Clearly, "Jadovno" can be read more-or-less as "suffering", as I stated in the question. Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 16:48

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The usual pattern is that a concentration camp was built a bit 'into the woods' and then named after the nearest town, village or geographical feature. (One exception may be "Arbeitsdorf", ie: 'labour village'.)

For Jadovno it is the exact same thing.

Jadovno is situated in the former županija Lika-Krbava (County). Which is and was quite thinly settled.

Serbian Wikipedia states that the camp "was built in the hamlet of Jadovno."

As such it existed on k.u.k. Hungarian maps, like this one from 1890:

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Jadovno belongs to Trnovac, and that unit's population development was as follows:

1869 1931 1948 2011
1.051 690 612 96

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