The girl who fought against the Nazis until her last breath: Lepa Radic

It is Not a lie to claim that the number of young lives taken mercilessly under the orders of Adolf Hitler is still uncountable. If those names were added to a list “Anne Frank” will be above the top of them. This article is not about Anne Frank, but also another name of another that should be among the top.

Lepa Radic, a Yugoslav girl, was publicly hanged in the city of Bosanska Krupa until she died her crime was helping thousands of innocent people fighting against the Nazis. Later she was made a national hero. Following is Lepa Radic’s adventure story.

Lepa Radic Two photos when She was small and a teenager
Picture: Lepa Radic Two photos when She was small and a teenager

Born heroine of Yugoslavia

Lepa Svetosara Radic was born on December 19, 1925, In the Yugoslav kingdom (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) the village of Gašnica near the town of Bosanska Gradishka. She received her primary education at a school in the village of Bistritza, she attended a school in Krupa, Bosanska along with her older sister, Dara for higher education. She was someone who loved to read books. She also had the consent of her uncle, Vladita Radich, who was an active member of the trade unions.

Birthplace of Lepa Radic in Gašnica. The original home was destroyed after the war.
Picture: Birthplace of Lepa Radic in Gašnica. The original home was destroyed after the war.

During World War II, the Axis Party, including Germany, plotted to invade Soviet Russia, this mission was also known as Operation Barbarossa. On April 6, 1941, Adolf Hitler invaded Yugoslavia in a bid to make it a success. Sources say that this incident is the basis for Lepa Radich’s heroism. Due to the relentless Nazi attacks on the battlefield, Yugoslavia was soon defeated and taken over by the Nazis

The Second World war era

Fifteen-year-old Lepa Radic, joined with Yugoslav Youth Communist League and the Yugoslav Communist Party (SKOJ) during that time with the guidance of her uncle. Lepa Radic learned that an uprising against the Nazis is being organized after the war in April 1941, and she has helped to gather the necessary weapons.

Young teenager, Lepa Radic, joined the Yugoslav resistance to fight the German Nazis
Picture: Young teenager, Lepa Radić, joined the Yugoslav resistance to fight the German Nazis

By July 1941, four members of her family had joined the rebels to fight the Nazis. But in November 1941, the Ustasha-Croatian Revolutionary Movement (a Croatian gang that murdered Jews) managed to arrest all members of the Radic family, including Lepa. Twenty days later, Lepa Radic and the rebels were rescued from the Ustasha prison in Gradishka by members of a secretly active troop.

Lepa and Dara Radich, who escaped captivity, joined the Nazi opposition in December 1941, as fighters. Lepa Radich, who also served as a nurse for a short time, has volunteered to transport wounded soldiers to safety on the battlefield. She had been transporting wounded soldiers for about a year without interruption.

Moment when Nazis took  Lepa Radic to hang
Picture: Moment when Nazis took Lepa Radic to hang

Hang until the last breath is released o the wind!

However, in February 1943, Lepa Radic was captured by the Nazis while helping 150 women and children trying to escape the Axis. Quickly, She fired at them until she was out of ammunition, but could not escape their clutches.

After the capture of Lepa Radic, the Nazis decide to hang her and torture her by holding her for three days before the execution. The Nazis’ goal was to get all the information she had. But Lepa Radic did not divulge any information about her superiors. When she was taken to be hanged, she boldly declared, “I was never a traitor to betray my people.” Those people which you forced me to reveal information about, will come forward one day and achieve victory by completely eradicating sinners like you. ”

Lepa Radic who breathed  her last by hanging
Picture: Lepa Radic who breathed her last by hanging

17 – year – old brave young woman Lepa Radic , who fought for her people, was hanged in public on February 11, 1943, in the town of Bosanska Krupa. On December 20, 1951, She has been declared a national heroine by the Yugoslavian government.

A monument to Lepa Radic
Picture: A monument to Lepa Radic

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