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Yugoslav Partisan Songbook

Naše pjesme: svezak II [Our songs: volume II].

[Split?]: Izdanje Kulturno-umjetničkog odjela Ministarstva prosvjete Narodne vlade Hrvatske (Štamparija Oblasnog N.O.O. Dalmacije), 1945. Small octavo (14.7 × 11.3 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 39, [1] pp. Fifteen small in-text vignettes. Signed and inscribed by one female partisan to a friend in July of 1945. Very good or better.

Scarce printed song book containing twenty-four songs for Croatian Partisan fighters, published during the short-lived People's Government of Croatia, which was declared in Split on April 14, 1945 and had a mandate until July 21 of that year. It was to be the first socialist government of Yugoslavia, presided over by Vladimir Bakaric. The songs range from hymns to the communist party ("Kompartiji"), to partisan-themed tunes ("Partizanko Jelo" and "Partizansko kolo"), and many others.

The Croatian partisans were part of a larger anti-fascist Yugoslav resistance movement, the most successful anti-Nazi force to emerge on Axis-occupied territory. The first resistance groups arose in 1941, in response to the new Nazi-puppet government of the Independent State of Croatia. Using guerilla warfare tactics, sabotage, and a makeshift, yet highly effective underground printing and propaganda effort, the partisans scored key victories and eventually swelled to a 110.000 people-strong force, the largest and most successful of the Yugoslav partisan troops.

Like many Yugoslav Partisan publications, the rear wrapper of this pamphlet bears the printed slogan "Smrt fašismu, sloboda narodu," "Death to fascism, freedom to the people." Produced in small numbers, using low-quality stock and crude forms of reproduction technologies, publications by the Yugoslav partisans are rare today. This title was not included in the 2017 catalog, "The Partisans: The Underground Society" (by Dasa Pahor and Alexander Johnson).

As of February 2021, not found in KVK, OCLC. The Union Catalog of the Croatian National Library also only records this second volume.

Book ID: 51142

Price: $350.00