brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Dušan S. ČULAJEVIĆ
DUŠAN ČULAJEVIĆ, son of SAVO, born in Mostar on March 30, 1905.* Railway official. Member of KPJ since 1941, secretary of the party cell at the railway in 1943. Arrested by the NDH police in September 1943 in Mostar and taken to the Stara Gradiška camp, where he was killed in 1944.
Omer Šaput, the brother of the deceased Safet Šaput, gave a statement on October 19, 1945, published as “Minutes of the City Commission for the Investigation of War Crimes of the Occupiers and their Collaborators,” regarding Safet’s arrest, in which Dušan Čulajević is mentioned. All the arrested individuals went through a similar ordeal.
On March 24, 1944, the Ustaše protective guard from Sarajevo was present in Mostar, along with the Mostar police, and carried out a series of arrests. (…). These arrests were carried out by agents, including the chief of the protective guard in Sarajevo, Jakupović, agent Hafizović, Sušić Pavo (illegible), and agent Cvitanović from the Mostar police. Sušić Pavo was particularly cruel, as were the others to varying degrees. I believe that all the agents are now in hiding. In Mostar, they kept several of the arrested individuals in prison for another month, where they were subjected to terrible torture and terror. They tortured them with three days of starvation, gave them salt, beat them with fists, feet, and batons, and threw them into the so-called “tram”. After a month, they were transported to Stara Gradiška, a large penitentiary. In the group were 12 men and 4 women from Mostar. Among those from Mostar were Professor Alikalfić Mustafa, Zajko Mehić, Omer Mesihović, Lazo Radišić, Hadžiselimović Arif Sabitage, Dušan Čulajević, Bučuk, Osman Novo, my brother Safet. I cannot currently recall the names of others. Among the women were Fatima Balta, Fahira Ćišić, Dika Hadžić, and Bera Ćemalović. (…)”
The name of Dušan Čulajević is inscribed on the memorial plaque for fallen railway workers in Mostar, erected in 1952 and renovated by the Railway Company Management in 2016.
*The year of birth is 1905, according to the “Memorial Book of Mostar 1941-1945.”
Halilbegović, Nihad (2006): Bošnjaci u jasenovačkom logoru, Sarajevo; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović
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