Period of the Second World War is remembered as time of mass crimes against the civilian population, and series of tragic events that took place in the then occupied Serbia. As one of the most brutal stands out the crime in Belgrade’s main square Terazije from 17. August in 1941.
On that day, the German occupying authorities publicly hanged to lighting poles five Serbs, suspect to be members of the Serbian resistance. In the memory of five citizens tragically killed on 17. August, in Terazije, the City unveiled a memorial in 1983. The Monument to the hanged patriots, work of the academic sculptor Nikola Jankovic , was placed on a marble pedestal: its height is 400 centimeters, a diameter 80 centimeters, while the relief shows the execution of five patriots.
The plaque with the following epitaph was set near the monument; ”To freedom fighters the occupying fascist hung in Terazije on 17 August 1941:
Jelena Jankovic, worker,
Ratko Jevic, farmer,
Velimir Jovanovic, farmer,
Svetislav Milin, worker,
Milorad Pokrajac, student.
in 1983. citizens of Belgrade. “
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