brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Ibrahim A. DŽAFEROVIĆ
IBRAHIM IBRA DŽAFEROVIĆ, also known as GAČANIN, son of AJDIN, born in 1922* in Gacko. He was a guard at the Tobacco Factory in Mostar. A pre-war activist and a member of the League of Communist Youth (SKOJ) since 1940. He was one of the assassins targeting the Chetnik ideologist Radmilo Grđić.
After the brief April war and the capitulation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s army, he was part of a group of young people who transported weapons and ammunition from the barracks to a safe place. “After our nighttime removal of weapons and other equipment, the group took out food from the warehouse in the morning: bacon, lard, flour, beans, rice, sugar, and other items. It was comical to see Ibra Džeferović carrying a huge slab of bacon. We all laughed, including himself, but he didn’t give up on carrying it. Part of this food was hidden in the house of the young member Mirko Kovačević, which was located right next to the wall of the division barracks, and the larger portion was taken to our house, to be later distributed to poor families in our street in the afternoon.”
In April 1942, he joined the Battalion. He was a fighter who died in a clash with Chetniks in Zaborani near Nevesinje in June 1942. On that occasion, in addition to Ibra Džafarović, the following individuals were either killed or severely wounded and then executed: HASAN DAUPOVIĆ ŠKODA, an official from Ljubuški, ABDULAH DIZDAREVIĆ DULE, a merchant from Ljubuški, DANILO KOVAČEVIĆ, a farmer from the village of Spile near Nikšić, RADOSLAV KOVAČEVIĆ, a farmer from the village of Spile near Nikšić, PETAR LAZETIĆ, a worker from Mostar, ĐORĐE MUJAČIĆ, a farmer from the village of Crkvice near Nikšić, MILAN NOVAKOVLJĆ, a farmer from the village of Crkvice near Nikšić, SIMO VUJAČIĆ, a farmer from the village of Maočići near Nikšić, and ALEKSA VUJOŠEVIĆ, a Montenegrin. Nenad Vasić, Branko Popadić, Ilija Vujović, and Hilmija Čišić, who suffered a leg injury, managed to escape with minor wounds, while Martin Raguž and Vaso Kovačević were unharmed.
Further information about the death of Ibra Džaferović and his comrades is recorded in the book “Mostar Battalion” by Enver Ćemalović:
“When our fighters came for lunch, as usual, they placed their weapons in the corner, located in the hallway, and entered the room, where they sat at the table waiting for lunch. A group of locals led by Novica Glogovac burst into the dining area, pointing their rifles and commanded, ‘Hands up!’ At the same time, another group took the weapons of our fighters from the hallway outside the house. Our comrades were completely surprised and unarmed, so they had no choice but to obey the orders of the traitors. The Chetniks tied up our comrades and locked them in the basement, placing a guard. Afterward, all the locals gathered and set an ambush on the road leading out of Zaborani to intercept Vasić and the fighters of the Strike Company. When the courier returned from Dramiševo, he announced that Novica was sick and that Vasić’s child had been bitten by a snake, so they couldn’t come. They requested the courier to come to Dramiševo instead. Vasić immediately decided to go to Dramiševo with his squad to talk to Glogovac. Hasan Daupović Škoda, Abdulah Dizdarević Dule, and Martin Raguž joined them. Near Dramiševo, along the road that passed through pastures and open space, the compact column of the squad was moving and presented an ideal target for the Chetnik ambush. Vasić and Ilija Glogovac were at the rear of the column. The Chetniks allowed our column to come closer, and then they opened fire on them. The front of the column was mowed down by bullets, and most of them were mortally wounded (…).”
Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; grupa autora (1961): Hercegovina u NOB 1. dio, Beograd, Vojno delo; grupa autora (1986): Hercegovina u NOB 2. dio, Beograd; група аутора (1986): Херцеговина у НОБ, Београд ; grupa autora (1986): Hercegovina u NOB 4. dio, Beograd; Drago Karlo Miletić, članak „Italijanska reokupacija Mostara (septembar 1941 – juni 1943), Hercegovina br 7, str 119; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović
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