The present-day municipality of Jezero was created from a part (approximately 18%) of the pre-1992 municipality of Jajce. It is located in the Republika Srpska entity, while the remainder of Jajce today lies within Central Bosnia Canton, in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the NOB heritage of Jajce municipality was the subject of two published papers; Šefik Bešlagić’s Spomenici narodnooslobodilačke borbe u Jajcu i njihova zaštita (Monuments to the People’s Liberation Struggle in Jajce and their preservation) (1958) and Perko Vojinović’s Spomen ploče iz NOB-e i partizanska groblja u Jajcu i okolini (Memorial plaques to commemorate the NOB and Partisan cemeteries in Jajce and its surroundings) (1969). These publications, in addition to providing tangible information on the existence of a large number of monuments and memorials within Jajce municipality, also in some cases provide terminus post and ante quem for the creation of monuments and memorials where no more specific information can be found.
Within the boundaries of the present-day Jezero municipality, a total of 3 monuments were documented by these two publications. These were all recorded during field research undertaken by Aida Zulum in Summer and Autumn 2019. In addition, one memorial plaque which lies upon the territory of the neighbouring Jajce municipality has been included in the report presented here, due to the fact that at the time of its creation it lay upon the territory of the (former) Jezero municipality, which was absorbed into the larger Jajce municipality at some point between 1953 and 1961 (most likely during 1955 reforms in self-government; see Pejanović (2014) for further details), and for reasons of expediency.
Monuments & Memorials
|Village/MZ||Address||Name||Type||Year||Author||Still Exists||Date Mapped||Description|
|Jezero||Cemetery of Partisan fighters and Victims of Fascist Terror||Cemetery||1983||Yes||November 2018||Cemetery existed before 1961, but was redeveloped in 1983. Consists of white panels with names of fallen Partisan fighters and Victims of Fascist Terror|
|Jezero||Alongside Bihać - Sarajevo road||Plaque to commemorate the site of execution of 197 Victims of Fascist Terror||Memorial Plaque||Yes||May 2019||Pre-dates 1962. In moderate-to-poor condition, although text still legible in May 2019. Restored March 2020, with fence re-painted and plaque cleaned, with lettering and red star also re-painted.|
|Žaovine||Plaque to commemorate the murder of 63 Victims of Fascist Terror||Memorial Plaque||Unknown||September 2019||Pre-dates 1962. Property where plaque was situated lies in ruins, with no visible sign of plaque.|
|Ljoljići||Plaque to commemorate formation of the Simo Šolaja Battalion||Memorial Plaque||1952||Yes||May 2019||Memorial plaque in relatively good condition, although base heavily weathered.|
|1||Memorial cemetery of Victims of Fascist Terror and Partisan Fighters, Jezero|
|2||Plaque to commemorate the site of execution of 197 Victims of Fascist Terror, Jezero|
|3||Plaque to commemorate the murder of 63 Victims of Fascist Terror, Žaovine|
|4||Plaque to commemorate the formation of the Simo Šolaja Battalion, Ljoljići|
(precise coordinates can be obtained by contacting the author
|Bešlagić, Šefik (1958) Spomenici narodnooslobodilačke borbe u Jajcu i njihova zaštita in Naše Starine V pp. 69-94.|
|Pejanović, Mirko (2014). “Društveno-istorijski razvoj lokalne samouprave u Bosni i Hercegovini u XX stoljeću”, originally published in Pregled - časopis za društvena pitanja LV/3, pp.27-70. Sarajevo: University of Sarajevo. Available: https://www.ifimes.org/ba/9044|
|Popadić, Simo (1983) “Formiranje i prva akcija Udarnog Bataljona ‘Simo Šolaja’” in Jajačko područje u Oslobodilačkom Ratu i Revoluciji 1941-1945: Zbornik Sjećanja Knjiga II. Split: Vojna štamparija; Skupštine opština Donji Vakuf, Jajce i Šipovo.|
|Savezni Zavod za Statistiku, Savet za Čovekovu Sredinu i Prostorno Uređenje (1982). Zaštićena Graditeljska Baština Jugoslavije: Dokumentacija; Knjiga II, Sveska 1 – SR Bosna i Hercegovina. Belgrade: Savezni Zavod za Statistiku, 131 pp.|
|Unknown Authors (1981) “Spisak boraca sa Jajačkog područja poginulih 1941. godine” in Jajačko područje u Oslobodilačkom Ratu i Revoluciji 1941-1945: Zbornik Sjećanja Knjiga I. Novi Sad: Vojna štamparija; Skupštine opština Donji Vakuf, Jajce i Šipovo.|
|Unknown Authors (1983) “Spisak boraca i aktivista NOP-a sa Jajačkog područja poginulih 1942. godine” in Jajačko područje u Oslobodilačkom Ratu i Revoluciji 1941-1945: Zbornik Sjećanja Knjiga II. Split: Skupštine opština Donji Vakuf, Jajce i Šipovo|
|Vojinović, Perko (1969) Spomen ploče iz NOB-e i partizanska groblja u Jajcu i okolini in Zbornik krajiških muzeja, pp. 217-227.|
Aida Zulum is a resident of Jajce, where she runs the Jajce Adventure tourist agency. She works hard to promote the town and tourism to it, and organizes a number of cultural events in the town. Her work – and that of the Agency – has a strong focus on employing young people and encouraging volunteerism as a means to gain work experience. Aida has been responsible for mapping and photographing sites in Jajce and Jezero municipalities, in addition to undertaking historical research about a number of the sites. You can find out more about her company Jajce Adventure here: https://jajceadventure.com/index.php/en/