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BOSNIAN UNDERGROUND PRINTING: "С вјером у бога за краља"... против отаџбине ["S vjerom u boga za kralja"... protiv otadžbine / "With Believing in God for the King"... Against the Fatherland]. Zoom



BOSNIAN UNDERGROUND PRINTING: "С вјером у бога за краља"... против отаџбине ["S vjerom u boga za kralja"... protiv otadžbine / "With Believing in God for the King"... Against the Fatherland].

 


A rare underground printing by Bosnian Partisans against Chetniks, lead by Draža Mihailović, was made in Mostar in April 1945, one month before the liberation of Yugoslavia. From the library of Vladimir Dedijer. 


Author: Milenko ŠOTRA.
Place and Year: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina: Sloboda, April 8, 1945.
Technique:
Code: 65348

Small 8°, 102 pp. printed text in Latin and Cyrillic stript with photoreproductions and copies of documents, [1] index, original wrappers printed in red and black, with a photoreproduction on the cover (Very Good, small folds in edges, title page with a stamp with name of Vladimir Dedijer).

 

This extremely rare booklet was printed in Latin and Cyrillic by the underground printing press of the Bosnian National Liberation Army (Partisans), after their liberation of Mostar in Bosnia, in the last month of war in Yugoslavia. It gives the first hand reports and reproductions of the documents against the royalist army of Chetniks, lead by Draža Mihailović.

The Partisans took Mostar without resistance on February 14, 1945, after sieging Ustashe and Chetink strongholds a week before. Upon entering the city, the Partisans took a severe revenge on collaborating Christian monks from the Church of Saint Peter and Paul.

This is the third and best edition of the publication. The first two, published from February 20, 1945, on were published in Cyrillic script and mimeographed. This edition was printed in 5000 examples according to the text on the last page.

The title page bears a red stamp with a name of Vladimir Dedijer (1914 - 1990). Dedijer was a Partisan fighter and subsequently one of the most internationally prominent Yugoslavian historians and civil rights activists.  He initially worked as a journalist, and this led him to travel to Spain where he supported the Republicans during that county’s Civil War.  In 1941, he joined the Partisans where he attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, becoming a close advisor to Marshall Tito.  After the war he taught at the University of Belgrade and was appointed to the Central Committee of the Yugoslav Communist Party, but, in 1954, following a contretemps with Tito, was banished from all power circles.  He left Yugoslavia in 1959, where he spent the rest of his life teaching and writing, associated with some of the world’s leading universities, such as Princeton, Stanford, Harvard and the Sorbonne.  He became an internationally prominent human rights activist and an important historian of World War II and its aftermath. 

Bibliografija from 1964 mentions ony one example of the book in Yugoslavian libraries. Today we could not trace any examples in libraries worldwide. 

References: Bibliografija, no. 7626. (mistakenly quotes Aprl 4 as a date of publication).

€950.00