In 1941, when World War 2 reached the Balkan’s the Yugoslavs were fighting fiercely against the Axis powers. Stevan Filipović was 26 years old, when he commanded a Partisans’ Tamnavsko-Kolubarski unit. He was captured and would be remembered until today for what happened next.
When the German captors put a noose around his neck and were about to hang him, he shouted “Death to fascism, freedom to the people!” and emplored everyone to not stop resisting the occupying forces. The moment was captured on camera. Just a few moments afterwards, Filipović was hanged. The photo has become one of the most iconic images in the history of the Balkans.
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By Probably Slobodanka Vasić  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons