brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Bećir J. TRBONJA
BEĆIR BEĆA TRBONJA, son of JUSUF, born on November 29, 1919, in Mostar, electrician, football player for FC “Velež.” Joined the People’s Liberation War in December 1941 as a corporal. He managed to survive the Chetnik coup in June 1942 but fell into the hands of the Ustaše during the breakout and ended up in the Konjic prison with several other partisans. At the request of a number of fighters, the battalion leadership organized a rescue mission from the Konjic prison. With the support of the party and SKOJ organizations in Konjic, the operation was successfully carried out on July 3-4, 1942, by Meha Trbonja, Mustafa Ćemalović Ćimba, Hasan Zahirović Laca, Abdulah Lugić, and Safet Anagić. After leaving the prison, he continued his underground work in Mostar. In the summer of 1943, he reentered the Mostar Battalion. He died as a corporal in Grušća near Konjic in April 1944 during a Chetnik attack on a partisan hospital.
According to the family, Bećir’s remains were buried after the war at the Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar.
Brother of national hero Mehmed Trbonja and fallen fighter Omer Trbonja. A street in Mostar is named after the Trbonja brothers.
Circumstances of Bećir’s death, as recorded:
“While staying in Glavatičevo, the commander of the Chetnik Konjic Brigade, on April 27, through his informants, discovered a partisan hospital in the area of Grušća, where, in addition to the wounded and sick, there were hospital staff, about ten field workers, and dozens of security personnel, totaling about 35 people. A group of 42 Chetniks under the direct command of brigade commander V. Remetić penetrated Grušća on April 28, attacked and overpowered the defense of the hospital. During April 29 and 30, through a search of the area, the Chetniks found and killed the wounded and sick partisan fighters together with the captured hospital staff, field workers, and some fighters from the protection unit (…) According to incomplete data, the Chetnik criminals brutally massacred 28 fighters and leaders of the Mostar NOB Detachment and political workers of the NOB in the field in Grušća.”
Among those killed were Mostar residents Osman Brkić, Osman Šišić, and Bećir Trbonja. “When the Chetniks called Bećir Trbonja, a worker from Mostar, to surrender, he agreed, but only if B. Cuca, the Chetnik commander, came for him. As soon as Cuca appeared, Bećir shot him in the head and killed him. M. Halilović and R. Žuža then managed to kill Bećir.”
grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945; Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; Komnenović, Danilo; Kreso, Muharem (1979): 29. hercegovačka divizija, IZ, Beograd; grupa autora (1961): Hercegovina u NOB 1. dio, Beograd, Vojno delo; група аутора (1986): Херцеговина у НОБ, Београд; grupa autora (1986): Hercegovina u NOB 4. dio, Beograd; http://rsdvelezmostar.blogspot.com/p/fk-velez.html ; Seferović, Mensur (1957): „Tajna partijske ćelije“, Sarajevo; Seferović, Mensur (1958): “Bataljon u okupiranom gradu”, Sarajevo. Photo: S. Demirović.
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