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Commemorative medallion with box awarded to a Macedonian Jewish partisan woman

Object | Accession Number: 2011.108.24 a-b

Medallion awarded to Jamila (Zamilla) Kolonomos in 1982 in recognition of her service as a partisan during the Axis occupation of Yugoslavia from 1941-1945. The three partisan groups mentioned on the case, the Jane Sandinski, the Pelister, and Dame Gruev were all formed around the Bitola region in Macedonia in 1942. Jamila served with Damjan Gruev partisan group. 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 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. 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
1942-1982  (commemoration)
1982 September 12  (received)
Geography
issue : Yugoslavia
Language
Macedonian
Classification
Awards
Category
Medals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jamila Kolonomos
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:20
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