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Illustrated Work on Women in the Yugoslav Partisan Movement

Žena vojnik [Women soldiers].

Zagreb: Izdanje glavnog odbora AFŽ Hrvatske, 1945. Small octavo (14.6 × 11.2 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrapper; 62 pp. With seven black-and-white photographs of Yugoslav women soldiers. Wrappers lightly dust-soiled; else very good.

First and only edition of this account of the many achievements of women fighters in the Yugoslav Partisan forces, published shortly after the end of the war and illustrated with seven portraits. The book contains eyewitness accounts as well as short biographical and autobiographical texts by the women about themselves. Among the women featured are: Dragica Kos, Katica Ranćić, Branka Borojević, Vinka Hofman, and many others. A similar, but enlaged and more richly illustrated volume was also published by the Serbian branch of the Womens' Antifascist Front in 1945.

The Croatian partisans had been 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. Produced in small numbers, using low-quality stock and crude forms of reproduction technologies, publications by the Yugoslav partisans are rare today. Women played a key role in the Partisan movement and there were numerous journals aimed at female partisan fighters, such as Žena u borbi, Antifašistkinja, and Udarnica. See also: B. Wiesinger, Partisaninnen: Widerstand in Jugoslawien (1941–1945); J. Batinic, Women and Yugoslav Partisans: A History of World War II Resistance. This title was not included in the 2017 catalog, “The Partisans: The Underground Society” (by Daša Pahor and Alexander Johnson). Rajkovic, Bibliografija izdanja u narodnooslobodilačkom ratu, 6683.

Rare; as of June 2021, not located in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 51358

Price: $550.00