brochure “Partizanski spomenik u Mostaru” (1980)
book “Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.”
another document or proof of the memorial stone (e.g., a photograph).
Sulejman S. LEHO
SULEJMAN MAHO LEHO, son of SALIH, born on August 19, 1921, in Blagaj near Mostar, a house painter. Member of the League of Communist Youth (SKOJ) since 1941, in the Battalion since December 1941. Fighter, captured by the Home Guard during the Chetnik coup, during the battles around the school in Bijela on the night between June 14 and 15, 1942, on positions above Konjic.
From the Chetnik encirclement where around 120 Chetniks surrounded about 50 partisans, Sulejman managed to break through. However, as he fell behind the group due to accompanying a wounded comrade, he was captured and taken to Jasenovac. One source states that he was “sent to a camp upon the recommendation of the Protective Guard for the city of Sarajevo and the Vrhbosna District, for a period of 3 years, and fought in the ranks of the rebels.” He was killed in Jasenovac in 1942.
EXCERPT FROM LITERATURE – about the attack on the school in Bijela:
“After a fierce attack, the Chetniks repeatedly called on our comrades by name to surrender because there was no escape for them. Our comrades responded with fire, and an unequal battle began, which lasted the entire day of June 15. A connection was established between about twenty comrades who were on the ground floor and ten comrades who were on the upper floor by breaking through the ceiling. The defense was led by Stjepan Šulentić. They occupied all the windows, and a section that was in the attic could successfully observe and fight the Chetniks. (…) In the clash, 16 partisans were killed: Stjepan Šulentić Šule – a student from Mostar, Harno Taslaman – a worker from Mostar, Sulejman Cilić – a student from Jablanica, Togo Finci – a student from Sarajevo, Kabiljo Montiljo – a student from Sarajevo, Ranko Kosjerina – a worker from Mostar, Hivza Brkić – a student from Mostar, Remzo Ćišić – a worker from Mostar, Avdo Bošnjak – a worker from Mostar, Milan Ivetić – a worker from Mostar, Muhamed Šapuh – a worker from Mostar, Avdo Vejzović – a worker from Mostar, Muhamed Zalihić – a worker from Mostar, Ahmet Grčić – a student from Konjic, Mujo Hubana – a peasant from Bijelo Polje near Mostar, Ibro Dizdarević – a worker from Mostar, Avdo Duranović (…). The first group managed to break through, but the second group, which included Enes Orman, Meha Taso, Beća Trbonja, fell during the breakthrough and into the hands of the enemy, ending up in the Konjic prison. Comrades Branko Premužić and Sulejman Leho had a very difficult time breaking through, as Branko was wounded and injured in the spine, so they were captured and taken to camps. Sulejman Leho was killed in Jasenovac, and Branko survived, going through many camps.”
Ćemalović, Enver (1986): Mostarski bataljon, Mostar; grupa autora (1986): Hercegovina u NOB 4. dio, Beograd ; Halilbegović, Nihad (2006): Bošnjaci u jasenovačkom logoru, Sarajevo ; grupa autora: Spomenica Mostara 1941-1945.
Photo of the memorial plaque: S. Demirović
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