brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Ethem S. PALA
ETHEM PALA, son of ŠAĆIR, born on May 25, 1924, in Mostar. Locksmith. Sent in February 1945 with a group of other Mostar residents to Sarajevo, where he was executed. He was killed in the Ustasha retaliation shortly before their withdrawal from Sarajevo, and prior to the liberation of the capital. After the failed assassination attempt on the notorious Ustasha commander Maks Luburić in early March 1945, Luburić took over the judiciary in Sarajevo and established his own Summary Court. This so-called Summary Court, by its verdicts UKP number 1/45 and UKP number 2/45, published in the last issue of the Ustasha “Novi list” on April 3, 1945, sentenced dozens of people to death. In the early morning of March 28, 1945, seven days before the city’s liberation, the Ustasha publicly hanged 56 people at Marindvor, and more were found in Luburić’s villa, some of whom could not be identified due to the mutilation of their remains. The name of Ethem Pala was listed as number 16 on the notice/information board. Although sentenced to “7 years of hard labor,” he was executed.
Luburićev oglas; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945. Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović, https://www.facebook.com/HistorijskiArhivSarajevo/photos/oglas-luburi%C4%87evog-prijekog-suda-u-kojem-su-popisani-svi-oni-koji-su-osu%C4%91eni-na-s/1436834653035598/?paipv=0&eav=Afbdd66pu9Ght7nDIZmJb1LHemh_hBEZYQW5abJEKJzj0nhhxhDUqd5XmFezAk04WaM&_rdr
Fighter’s photo: from the book “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru”, recognized by family member N. Bajat Jovanović.
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