Lepa Svetozara Radic

Lepa Svetozara Radic

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Death 8 Feb 1943 (aged 17)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 71531965 · View Source
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She Was Proclaimed The Youngest National Heroine Of Potkozar

Lepa Svetozara Radic was born on December 19, 1925 in the village of Gašnica near Bosanska Gradiška, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from elementary school in neighboring Bistrica, the first grade of the Women's Craft School, with her somewhat older sister Dara, in Bosanska Krupa - with the help of Uncle Voje, who served as a lugar for several years in Podgrmeče - while she finished the other grades in Bosanska Gradiški.

Already as a student, she emphasized diligent work and seriousness. Already then, reading advanced literature, Lepa began to form under the strong influence of uncle Vlade Radic, who, as a gymnasium student, was first involved in the advanced workers' movement in Bosanska Gradiska and then in Banja Luka.

Immediately after the April 1941 events, she learned from Vladeta about preparations for the uprising. In fact, he helped hide the collected weapons. In those days of July 1941, four members of the family went to the uprising: Dad, Uncle Voja and Vlade, and joined Jovanka, one of the first partisans on Kozara. In October 1941, the beautiful woman embroidered a flag with a five-pointed star for the fighters of the Second Krajina Detachment. At the time of the first offensive against the Kozara insurrections in November 1941, the Ustashi arrested Lepo and all the remaining members of the Radic family. However, with the help of illegal Partisan associates, after 20 days of harassment in the Ustasha prison in Gradiska, they were released.

After leaving the prison on December 23, 1941, along with her sister Dara, Lepa became a fighter of the 7th partisan company of the 2nd Krajina Detachment. Shortly thereafter, she was a nurse in the company, and then a listener of the youth course in the village of Lamovita, under Kozar, and a ghost activist on the Prijedor field.

Having shown an extraordinary sense of mass work with the youth, it was decided, at the end of May 1942, when it was received at the KPJ, to send Lepa as a political worker to the Podgrmeča area. In the new environment, she came out exceptionally, and soon became a member of the KPJ Municipal Committee in Srednji Dubovik, near Bosanska Krupa. Due to modesty and good behavior, the people quickly loved and appreciated it. She was tireless in her work, she frequently organized rural youth conferences, often went on her own to many older people, talking about brotherhood and unity, the guarantee of our victory, and the heroic struggle of the People's Liberation Army. She particularly showed her ability and resourcefulness in organizing youth on joint harvesting and gathering of grain in front of hostile positions in the villages around Krupa, Gornji Petrovci, Ostruznica and Badic, and extraordinary courage in partisan actions on Bosanski Novi, Krupa, Čajevica and the island, in which he participated as a fighter. There was almost no significant event in Podgrmeče where Lepa did not participate with her youth. In the autumn of 1942, all the villages of the war municipalities of Bosanska Krupa, Dubovi, Jasenice and Potkalinja were crossed, when it was about organizing the people's government before the First Session of AVNOJ in Bihać, youth actions on the collection of clothes and footwear for the NOV, combat competitions in honor of the First Congress of USAO, care for the wounded and construction of hospitals and magazines in the forests of Grmeč. On the occasion of the Fourth Krajina Division, which was carried out in Jasen under Grmeč, on January 7, 1943, another Tito was executed. Lepa led the youth of Dubovik and brought traditional Krajina gifts to the Supreme Commander and his army.

Podgrmeča. As a member of the staff for the evacuation of wounded and inhabitants from vulnerable areas, Lepa was, since January 20, 1943, one of the most prominent organizers of the riots, which, in February 1943, was found in a slew of Grmeč, in which the units from 714, 717 , 369 and 7th SS "Prince Eugen" Division. Among the first she organized the timely removal of the wounded from the Center for War Disabled Veterans in Srednji Dubovik, and the help to the columns of bananas from beggars, which were already exhausted and frowned in the masses, dragged ahead of the enemy in the protection of the partisan army and Grmeč. Without respite, she was surrounded by fussy and scattered groups of frivolous men, women and children, shelled them in the curtains, advised how to behave when bombing. In an effort to maintain morale, the people convinced our brigades to stop the fascists. The power of his belief was persistently transferred to the people around him, and it took a lot of moral and physical strength to withstand the winter in Grmeč and the constant pressure of an enemy who did not have the grace or the children in the crib. Everything was beautiful, with no panic, and many were wondering: where did the power in this fragile girl come from?

And when it seemed already that Krajisnici would defend the Trovrh, one of the dominant heights of Grmeč, in the fierce clashes, on the eve of February 8, 1943, the fugue led by Lepa Radic was suddenly surrounded by the village of Prastalo, not far from Lusci - Palanka, and then it remained Brave and brave. She knocked on the Germans all the ammunition from her rifle, defended her calling the people to fight with their bare hands, not to surrender, even when she was overcome by blows of butts. She tried, who knows how many times, to protect the captured people who were mistreated by the Seselj on the road to Bosanska Krupa: "Kill me, the people are not guilty" - Lepa shouted, slamming the legions of the 369th division.

After a three-day ill-treatment, she was brought in front of a raised hangar, in the bagremar between the tunnel and the railway station in Bosanska Krupa. Her hands were tied with a telephone cord, without shoes, only in woolen socks, exhausted and exhausted, but proud and defiant.

From the stand under the hangers, in fact with a crate of ammunition, Lepa tried to turn to the captured people from the bush, but the loop interrupted her last word.

On February 11, 1943, Colonel Šmithuber received from his subordinated executions report: "A bandit hanged in Bosanska Krupa showed an unprecedented incarnation."

She was then 17 years old.

The national hero was proclaimed on December 20, 1951.

Lepa Radić
Born 19 December 1925
Died 11 February 1943 (aged 17)
Place of birth Gašnica, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Place of death Bosanska Krupa, NDH

Service/branch Yugoslav Partisans
Years of service 1941–1943
Unit 7th company, 2nd Krajiški Detachment

World War II in Yugoslavia
Kozara Offensive
Battle of Neretva
Awards Order of the People's Hero

Svetozar Radić (father)
Milan Radić (brother)
Dara Radić (sister)
Vladeta Radić (uncle)

Seventeen year old Lepa Radic was also publicly hanged from the branch of a tree, in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in Febuary 1943, for shooting at German soldiers. She was made to stand on a large chest, her hands were tied behind her and she was noosed with a thin cord. The chest was pulled away leaving her suspended

On February 8th, 1943, Nazis hung 17 year old Yugoslav Radić. When they asked her the names of her companions, she replied: "You will know them when they come to avenge me."

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