brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Ahmet A. DIZDAR
AHMET DIZDAR, son of AVDO, born on November 26, 1905* in Mostar, barber. Prior to the war, he moved to Sarajevo. An activist in the workers’ movement and the People’s Liberation Movement in Sarajevo. Arrested by the Ustaše in early 1942, handed over to the Germans, and interned in a camp in Norway. Executed in the Beisfjord camp for the sick on July 18, 1942*.
Ahmet was among a significant number of people from Mostar and Herzegovina who were arrested and taken to the Jasenovac camp and then interned in camps throughout Europe.
From the memoirs of a survivor from the Norwegian camps:
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“Beisfjord (Beisfjord, note) with Jerndvatn (‘Hill of Death’), established on June 26, 1942, with 894 internees and disbanded after 3.5 months. 142 survived, while 752 internees were executed or died from hunger and cold, including individuals from Herzegovina: Brkić Muhamed, Dizdar Ahmet, Milavić Ismet, Mišanović Dragutin, Pašić Ismet, Šipovac Borivoje, all from Mostar, as well as Tarahija Šećo from Konjic and Adil Grebo from Ljubinje. The survivors were transferred to the Korgen and Usen camps.”
The following comment from a user was found on an internet chat – it is a version of Ahmet’s fate that was recently retold in Mostar:
“During World War II, the German Gestapo captured two brothers in Mostar, young men named Dizdar. One of them was named Ahmed, and I don’t remember the name of the other. They were initially held in prison in Mostar, but the one whose name I don’t remember was transferred to the Mamula camp on the eponymous island in the Boka Kotorska Bay, where he was killed. The other brother, Ahmed, disappeared without a trace, and nothing was known about him for 50 years. Then the last war in the 90s came, and the Dizdar family, including the elderly brother of the aforementioned brothers, became refugees and arrived in the far north of Norway. They were well received at a refugee center where they were informed that during World War II, there had been a concentration camp in that place, with prisoners from former Yugoslavia, and that there was a monument with the names of many of them. One day, they went to visit that monument, and the elderly Dizdar stood in front of it, reading the names. Among many, he found the name of his brother, Ahmed Dizdar. Along with the name was the year of birth, place of origin, and year of death. That was the first trace of him in 50 years since World War II. In my opinion, it’s truly an unbelievable coincidence. People went into exile all over the world. In Norway alone, there were hundreds of camps, but imagine that they happened to be in that place among those people who explained the history of that place.”
According to the information from the Center for War and Peace in Narvik, Ahmet Dizdar’s date of birth is August 28, 1908, and the date of death is July 18, 1942.
http://rsdvelezmostar.blogspot.com/p/fk-velez.html; Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; Halilbegović, Nihad (2006): Bošnjaci u jasenovačkom logoru, Sarajevo; grupa autora (1986): Hercegovina u NOB 4. dio, Beograd; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović; Centre for war and peace, Narvik. We thank for the material provided.
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