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Mauser HSc pistol, magazine, firing pin, and mainspring used by a Yugoslavian partisan

Object | Accession Number: 1992.230.1 a-d

Mauser HSc pistol used by Leo Gerskovic while he was a member of the Yugoslav partisans during World War II. Based on the marking on the trigger guard, this pistol was a German military-issued pistol before Gerskovic acquired it. Leo Gerskovic, his wife Inge, and their child lived in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, when Germany and its allies invaded and occupied the country on April 6, 1941. Central Yugoslavia, including Zagreb, was formed into the independent state of Croatia, ruled by the Ustasa. Soon after occupation, Leo, with his wife and child fled and joined the partisans. After he joined, Leo was sent to Split in the Italian-occupied zone on the Dalmatian Coast. There he was an organizer for the resistance, directed courses for the Pokrajinski Komitet Komunistička partija Hrvatske (PK KPH, Provincial Committee for the Communist Party of Croatia), edited the underground newspaper “Our Report”, and was later appointed Officer of the Naval Forces for Headquarters IV Operations Zone. In February 1943, he lectured for the Communist Party in Livno and in June he was editor of the underground newspaper, “Free Dalmatia”. In June, 1944, he helped organize the First Congress of Croatian Cultural Workers in Topusko. Towards the end of the war, Leo was appointed as head of the Management Department at Zemaljsko antifašističko vijeće narodnog oslobođenja Hrvatske (ZAVNOH, State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Croatia). For his service during the war, Leo was awarded the Partizanska Spomenica (Commemorative Medal of the Partisans).

manufacture:  1940 December-1945 May
acquired:  1941 April 06-1945 May
manufacture: Oberndorf am Neckar (Germany)
use: Yugoslavia
Object Type
Mauser pistols (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leo Gerskovic
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 12:17:00
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