Heroic struggle and resistance: Anti-fascist spirit in Banat 1941–1945

National liberation struggle, organized resistance and courage: A look at the anti-fascist movement in Banat during the Second World War. An investigation of the geographical, political and social conditions that shaped the struggle against the Nazi occupation, with an emphasis on the role of partisan units, local cooperation and the challenges of the lack of war materials. A depiction of the heroism and sacrifices of young fighters in the fight for freedom and justice.

Slavko Munćan Sava (1910–1941)

Slavko Munćan was one of the most prominent revolutionaries and fighters of the People's Liberation Movement in southern Banat. He was born on June 6, 1910, in Kruščica, near Bela Crkva. He completed his high school education in Bela Crkva and Vršac, after which he enrolled in the Faculty of Law in Belgrade.

Slavko Munćan Sava (1910–1941)Even as a high school student, he joined the Communist Youth Union (SKOJ), and he became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ) in 1933. He participated in the organization of large student demonstrations held that year. His involvement in these protests led to a search of his apartment where prohibited books and KPJ propaganda materials were found. He spent a month in custody; he was released, but lost the right to take exams, so he returned to his hometown. He connected with activists from Banat, especially with Žarko Zrenjanin, with whom he became one of the prominent figures of the movement. He was imprisoned again in 1936 and sentenced to two years in prison. He served his sentence in Sremska Mitrovica, where his convictions were further strengthened by the influence of many political prisoners who were serving their sentences there. As soon as he was released, he reactivated himself and reconnected with Zrenjanin, with whom he organized the provincial conference of the KPJ in 1940.

He was betrayed by his comrade Ratomir Ranisavljević, who led him into a trap set up by the special police. He did not want to fall alive into the hands of the enemy, so he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. He was declared a national hero on July 7, 1953.

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