brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Nijaz A. BAJAT
NIJAZ BAJAT, son of ADEM, born on July 20, 1923, in Mostar, a student of the Teacher Training School, played in the youth team of FC “Velež”. A member of the SKOJ (League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia) since 1941, he was active in school, the neighborhood, and the Scout Unit, and participated in demonstrations. In January 1942, he joined the Battalion as a fighter and was killed by Chetniks in Bijelo Polje near Mostar in May 1942.
About Nijaz’s death, his comrade E. Ćemalović recorded:
“At the beginning of May, due to a violation within the unit, Gojko Dabić, a fighter from the Zijemaljska unit from Bijelo Polje, was punished to carry out sabotage on the Mostar – Jablanica railway. So that Gojko wouldn’t go alone, Nijaz Bajat, a student from Mostar, voluntarily offered to go with him and assist him in completing the task. When the two of them reached the village of Željuša, Dabić stopped at Mirko Mavrak’s place, after which all three of them proceeded towards the railway. Upon reaching the Neretva River, Dabić and Mavrak cowardly killed Nijaz and threw him into the water. After the liberation, both criminals were sentenced to long prison terms.”
In the NOB (National Liberation War), Nijaz’s sister Nijaza Bajat also died. After 1945, a street in Mostar was named Bajatova in their honor.
Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; Seferović, Mensur (1957): „Tajna partijske ćelije“, Sarajevo; Džemil Šarac, članak „Sa Mostarcima“, Hercegovina br 9, Mostar, 1997, str 221; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945; http://rsdvelezmostar.blogspot.com/p/fk-velez.html; članak “Bajatova ulica”, Šefik Pašić.
Photos: S. Demirović, https://www.spomenikdatabase.org/mostar,
Photo of the fighter: as per “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru”, as recognized by family members.
article “Bajatova ulica”: source: CIDOM
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