Drvar Municipality

Summary

== NOTE ON DRVAR MUNICIPALITY ==

The list compiled here for Drvar has been gathered from online resources and literature, and is only fragmentary in nature. It must further be noted that a number of monuments and memorials recorded in pre-1992 literature now fall upon the territory of Bihać, as the result of boundary changes in the wake of the 1992-95 war. A small number almost certainly also lie on the territory of Istočni Drvar municipality.

In June 1967, a survey was undertaken by representatives of SUBNOR and the Republic Institute for the Protection of Monuments on the then-territory of Drvar municipality, which recorded a total of 37 monuments and memorials to the People’s Liberation War and Revolution. A breakdown of these was provided by Tihić (1981) as follows:

-        Memorial plaques – 24
-        Memorial busts – 3
-        Fountains, wells and cisterns – 0
-        Artistic monuments – 4
-        Identified individual graves and mass graves – 4
-        Graveyards for Partisans and Victims of Fascist Terror – 2

Construction of monuments continued after this time, and the numbers stated here will certainly have increased between June 1967 and the outbreak of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Patković & Plećas (1975) give a list of 32 sites of significance to the People’s Liberation War. However, it is unclear which of these should/could be classified as true ‘monuments’, as they include sites such as a ‘Landscape of anti-aircraft defence positions’. Only two such sites are explicitly stated to include memorial features (the monument on Šobića Glavica by Marijan Kocković and a Partisans’ cemetery of unknown location).

In the book Jugoslavija - Spomenici Revolucije: turistički vodič (1987, pp.299-308), Gojko Jokić provides an extensive description of events in the town from 1941 to 1945 and a summary of sites of significant events. However, again, it is unclear from this description precisely what was and wasn’t commemorated by a tangible memorial feature.

Additionally, Borci NOR-a i žrtve fašizma Titovog Drvara (1987, 887 pp.) contains a selection of images of sites throughout the territory of the municipality. However, these images are purely illustrative in nature, and little additional information is given about them.

The article “Porušeno, odnijeto, sačuvano…” published in Glas Antifašista 43 (2008, p.14) gives a summary of the then-situation in Drvar, stating that of 13 memorial plaques, 6 survived, while all busts (24 in total – 19 from the town park and 5 from outside other public institutions such as schools) of National Heroes had been removed, with many having been melted down. Of six monuments (three of which were dedicated to fallen fighters), two (one in Drvar, the other in Kamenica) had been entirely destroyed, while all of the remaining four had suffered minor damage, with three having since been repaired. Furthermore, of 5 Partisan cemeteries (not including the burial site that surrounds Kocković’s monument), one had been destroyed. The article states that these numbers do not include monuments on the territories of the eleven settlements that were integrated into neighbouring Bihać municipality after the 1992-95 war.

Without further documentary evidence, it is not possible to provide a more comprehensive list of sites on the territory of Drvar municipality.


Monuments & Memorials


Village/MZ Address Name Type Year Author Still Exists Date Mapped Description
Drvar Šobića Glavica Memorial park Memorial Park Yes
Drvar Šobića Glavica, memorial park Monument to the NOB Monument 1967 Marijan Kocković Yes Destroyed 1996, but remnants remain at site
Drvar Šobića Glavica, memorial park Plaque dedicated to fallen fighters Memorial Plaque 1963 Yes Possibly not original location
Drvar Šobića Glavica, memorial park Bust of NH Nikola Bokan Bust No Bust missing, pedestal overturned
Drvar Šobića Glavica, memorial park Bust of NH Kosta Bosnić Bust No Bust missing, pedestal overturned
Drvar Šobića Glavica, memorial park Bust of NH Vid Bodiroža Vicuka Bust No Bust missing, pedestal overturned
Drvar Šobića Glavica, to West of memorial park Memorial ossuary of approx. 1200 Victims of Fascist Terror Ossuary Heavily damaged or destroyed in 1996
Drvar Across River Unac from town centre 25 May Museum complex Museum Yes
Drvar 25 May Museum complex Barracks of rear battalions Museum
Drvar 25 May Museum complex Plaque to commemorate fallen fighters Memorial Plaque
Drvar 25 May Museum complex Plaque to commemorate residence of Supreme Command Memorial Plaque Replaced
Drvar 25 May Museum complex Plaque to commemorate establishement of OZNA Memorial Plaque Replaced
Drvar 25 May Museum complex 'Desant na Drvar' sculpture Artwork 1973 Alija Kučukalić
Drvar Across River Unac from town centre Tito's Cave Museum Yes
Drvar North of Tito's Cave Memorial path of Tito's departure from Drvar Memorial Park
Drvar Workers' Hall Plaque dedicating the Workers' Hall to those who fell in the NOB Memorial Plaque 1959
Drvar Workers' Hall Bust of NH Đuro Pucar Stari Bust 1980 Marijan Kocković No
Drvar Ul. Maršala Tita, Old hospital Plaque to commemorate Partisans' Hospital Memorial Plaque
Drvar Ul. Maršala Tita 61 (former) Plaque to commemorate building of regional SKOJ committee Memorial Plaque
Drvar Cellulose factory (former) Plaque to commemorate location of II Congress of USAOJ Memorial Plaque
Drvar Locomotive metalworkers' building (former) Plaque to commemorate Partisans' workshop Memorial Plaque
Drvar 'Planika' shop (former) Plaque to commemorate location of regional committee of KPJ Memorial Plaque
Drvar Plaque to commemorate meeting of Tito with representatives of the II Proletarian Brigade on 17 October 1942 Memorial Plaque In poor condition in 2006
Drvar House of the Ridl family (former) Headquarters of the Supreme Command Unknown
Drvar House of the Rodić family (former) HQ of Allied Mission Unknown
Drvar House of the Knežević family (former) HQ of Allied Mission Unknown
Drvar House of the Grujić family (former) HQ of Allied Mission Unknown
Drvar House of the Sabljić family (former) HQ of Allied Mission Unknown
Šipovljani House of the Vujić family (former) Plaque to commemorate Officers' School Memorial Plaque
Šipovljani House of Stevan Marić (former) Plaque to commemorate place of first meeting of Democratic Federative Yugoslavia Memorial Plaque
Kamenica In front of former elementary school Monument to fallen fighters and Victims of Fascist Terror Monument 1979 Yes Concrete plinths still survive, but bronze plaques removed
Kamenica Monument Bust of NH Marija Bursać Bust 1979 No
Kamenica Monument Bust of NH Vid Bodiroža Vicuka Bust 1979 No
Bastasi Monument to fallen Partisan fighters Monument Renovated after 1996
Bastasi Tito's Cave Plaque to commemorate residence of Josip Broz Tito Memorial Plaque No Created prior to 1961
Podovi Beside main road Memorial ossuary Ossuary Still existed in 2008
Podovi Pasijak Monument to fallen fighters Monument Still existed and in excellent condition in 2012
Ataševac Woods to north-east of village Partisan Hospital memorial complex Monument Yes Renovated between 2014 and 2017. Possibly includes ossuary.
Mokronoge Plaque to commemorate fallen fighters and Victims of Fascist Terror Memorial Plaque 1957
Poljice Community Hall (inside) Plaque to commemorate fallen fighters and Victims of Fascist Terror Memorial Plaque 1964