Yugoslav partisan, the national hero of Yugoslavia, Stjepan “Stevo” Filipović during his execution.
On February 24, 1942, a detachment of Stjepan Filipović was ambushed by Chetniks (Serbian Nazis). The wounded Stjepan Filipović was captured and transferred to the Nazis. After two months of interrogation and torture, he was sentenced to death by hanging.
The execution took place on May 22, 1942. In this photo, Stjepan Filipović, standing with a noose around his neck, appeals to the residents of the neighborhood who were driven to death with words about the imminent victory of the partisan resistance and the Red Army, and the future punishment for the crimes of the Nazis. In order to interrupt the speech of Stjepan Filipović, the Nazi executioner was ordered not to wait for the appointed time of execution, before which another 15 minutes remained, but to execute the partisan immediately.
October 28, 1960 in the town of Valjevo, where Stjepan Filipović was executed, a monument was erected depicting him at that very moment – standing with his hands raised and his fists clenched.
Location: Valjevo, Serbia
Date: May 22, 1942