Lepa Svetozara Radić (1925-1943) Communist Freedom Fighter


This is the brave Yugoslav freedom fighter Lepa Svetozarovna Radić (born December 19, 1925 – Died February 1943). She was born in the village of Gashnica near Gradishka (the modern territory of the Republika Srpska – now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 1941, at the age of fifteen, she joined the Communist Party. During the Kozar offensive, Lepa’s father, Svetozar, and her 15-year-old brother, Milan, were killed. During the Neretva battle in February 1943, Lepa Radic was responsible for transporting the wounded to the shelter in Grmec. During the battle against the 7th Division of the SS she was captured, transferred to Bosanska-Krupu and sentenced to death by hanging. With a noose around her neck she shouted: “Long live the Communist Party and the partisans! Fight, people, for your freedom, do not give up to the villains! They’ll kill me, but there are those who will take revenge for me!” On the scaffold she was told that she would save her life if she told (the Nazi Germans) who was the leader of the Communists, to which Lepa replied: “I am not a traitor to my people, they will reveal themselves when villains like you are killed!” Lepa Radić was hanged at the age of 17. By decree of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito on December 20, 1951, Lepa Radic was awarded the title of People’s Hero of Yugoslavia.




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