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Who is Arnold Fajn from Novi Bečej?

This pseudonym hides a participant of the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939. A revolutionary and rebel, today he is almost forgotten by everyone, including the people of Novi Bečej.

Roman Filipčev (A. Fajn) was born in Turski Bečej on February 12, 1885. Having learned the confectionery trade early, he married young, and in 1914, his son Milenko was born. Mobilized into the Austro-Hungarian army at the outbreak of the First World War, he went to the Eastern Front, where he became a deserter in September 1917.

Roman FilipčevWith the outbreak of the October Revolution, he joined the Reds, and by 1919, he became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (b) when he went to Hungary "to spread revolutionary communist ideas". After the defeat of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, Filipčev returned to his hometown where he worked with others to popularize Bolshevik ideas, especially in Vranjevo. As a delegate of Voivodina communists, he participated in the Founding Congress of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in 1920 in Vukovar. After the so-called Obznana, when the persecution of Yugoslav communists began, Filipčev went to Moscow where he attended the famous Sverdlov University, where revolutionary cadres were being trained to spread the world communist revolution. Interestingly, at that time, his cousin from Bašaid, the beauty Emilija Vlaučin, was one of Al Capone's mistresses. Developing his revolutionary career in Moscow, he became the head of the Yugoslav sector at the Communist University of National Minorities of the West, where he became a teacher of History of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (b). With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he was among the first to go to fight among the International Brigades against Franco's monarchists. He was appointed to a very responsible position as the chief of counterintelligence, tasked with verifying every International Brigadist, making him one of the most trusted people of the Comintern in Spain. After the end of the war, he returned to Moscow, and that period of his life is little known to us. All we know is that he participated in the preparations for the defense of the first socialist country during Germany's attack on the USSR. Although ill at the end of 1941, as a battalion commissar, he participated in the defense of Moscow, where he died under still unclear circumstances.

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