brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Mujo S. SELIMHODŽIĆ
MUSTAFA MUJA SELIMHODŽIĆ BABIĆ, son of SALIH, born on September 30, 1907,* in Mostar, a bricklayer, a pre-war activist of the workers’ movement, a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ) since 1942, in the Battalion since the beginning of 1942, a fighter. Captured by the Domobrans in June 1942 during the Chetnik coup near Konjic, handed over to the Italians and taken to the Mamula camp, where he was released in the summer of 1943. Arrested by the Germans as a hostage due to a cut off telephone line in Mostar and hanged on November 19, 1943, together with Božo Skočajić, Darinka Bitanga, Ekrem Ćurić, and Tomo Kljujić. After the war, the monument was erected near the Health Center, as well as a memorial plaque at the place of their hanging.
According to the archives of Radmilo Braca Andrić, the remains of Mujo Selimhodžić Babić were transferred and buried in the Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar.
The police Ustasha chief Mato Roko wrote a report on November 26, 1943, about the event:
“On November 16, 1943, in the morning, an unknown perpetrator cut the telegraph cables of the German armed forces on Dr. Starčević Street, precisely at the railway crossing (at that time, the railway passed through the city center in front of the Gymnasium). The German military authorities conducted investigations into this matter. Since this act was evidently an act of sabotage committed by communist individuals, the General Command of the Fifth Mountain Corps in Mostar decided to publicly hang five individuals, where each had someone close to the partisans. Based on this decision, the following individuals from Mostar were hanged this morning on Ustasha Street, in front of the District Office building: Božo Skočajić, of Orthodox faith, Ekrem Ćurić, of Islamic faith, Mujo Babić, of Islamic faith, Darinka Bitanga, of Roman Catholic faith, and Tomo Kljujić, of Orthodox faith, originally from Metković.” (M. Konjhodžić, Mostar Women, p. 251)
*According to the information in the book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
grupa autora (1961): Hercegovina u NOB 1. dio, Beograd, Vojno delo ; https://poskok.info/mostarke-u-doba-okupacije-sloboda-nije-stigla-iz-bajke/ ; Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945. Photo: Archives of the Selimhodžić family.
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović.
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