brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Džemal A. KAJTAZ
DŽEMAL KAJTAZ, son of AHMED and ĐULSUMA (née Hadrović), was born in Mostar on July 12, 1912. He was married and the father of three children. By profession, he was a railway worker (a fitter) and a player for “Velež”. He participated in the People’s Liberation War and was a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ). He was arrested by the Ustasha in July 1943 and taken to the Stara Gradiška camp, then deported to the Jasenovac camp (“sent to the camp upon the recommendation of the Ž.R.O. in Mostar for a period of 3 years; involved in communist promotion, delivering individuals to the partisans, and sabotaging the railway depot”). In Jasenovac, Ustasha leader Jozo Džogić received him in the bakery as an assistant worker because they were both from Mostar and familiar with each other’s families. He was killed in Jasenovac* on January 18, 1944.
According to one source, the Ustasha “…while inspecting the premises where the prisoners were held, arrived at the bakery where they found Džemal Kajtaz from Mostar, a former partisan whom they beat with clubs until he lost consciousness (with a log-splitting maul by Captain Stjepan Bosak, who took over the management of the camp, and Lieutenant Josip Stojcić, Editor’s note). In this severely beaten state, they took him to the cellar of the Ustasha hospital (where those who were to be slaughtered are usually taken). After three days, he was stabbed in the heart with a knife.”
*According to the information in the book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945”.
Halilbegović, Nihad (2006): Bošnjaci u jasenovačkom logoru, Sarajevo; http://rsdvelezmostar.blogspot.com/p/fk-velez.html ; Miletić, Antun: “Koncentracioni logor Jasenovac 1941-1945. Dokumenta“, knj. I-II, 1986, knj. III, 1987, knj. IV, 2007, str. 2500, Narodna knjiga, Gambit, Belgrade, Jagodina ; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945; Čekić, Smail (1996): Genocid nad Bošnjacima u 2. svjetskom ratu, Sarajevo
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović.
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