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Kurir Jovica plaque, box, and card awarded to a Macedonian Jewish partisan woman

Object | Accession Number: 2011.108.2 a-c

Kurir Jovica plaque set awarded to Jamila (Zamila) Kolonomos on December 16, 1972, by the Council for the Education and Protection of Children of Yugoslavia, to recognize her work with children. The design was inspired by the Kurir Jovica statue, an award for achievement presented by the Yugoslav Union of Pioneers, a society created to indoctrinate children with communist ideology. On April 6, 1941, the Axis powers Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria, invaded and partitioned Yugoslavia. The Macedonian region including Bitola where Jamila and her family lived was occupied by Bulgaria. Jamila worked with resistance groups to fight the occupation and was forced to hide at night for her safety. On March 9, 1943, from her hiding place, Jamila witnessed the roundup and deportation of the Jewish community of Bitola. After a month in hiding she went to the mountains and joined a partisan detachment. In August 1943, Jamila’s group became a part of the Macedonian Partisan Battalion, which liberated a prisoner camp in Greece. In June 1944, a separate Macedonian brigade was formed. In August, Jamila was injured during a battle. On October 30, Jamila’s group liberated the towns of Ohrid and Struga and a month later Macedonia was liberated. In December, Jamila served as an official at the Second Congress of Anti-Fascist Youth in Skopje. Around this time Jamila married a fellow partisan Chede Filipovski. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Jamila returned to Bitola and discovered that her entire family had been deported and murdered at Treblinka killing center. In June Chede was killed in a motorcycle accident. In June 1947, Jamila married Avram Sadikario.

Date
1972 December 16  (issue)
Geography
issue : Belgrade (Serbia)
Language
Bosnian
Classification
Awards
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jamila Kolonomos
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