Husaga Cisic – A Forgotten Fighter for Bosnia and Herzegovina


Any remembrance of the achievements of the First State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of BiH (ZAVNOBiH)  and the confirmation of the millennial statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) would be incomplete and desecrated without the mentioning of the famous Mostar citizen Husein Husaga Cisic.

Unfortunately, there is no enough information in the historical textbooks, schools, or even our historiography and public about this proven anti-fascist, the father of prominent members of the National Liberation Movement (Bosnian: NOP), representative of the new Yugoslavia, initiator and signatory of the ‘’Resolution of the Mostar Citizens’’which criticized the persecution, property theft, the killing and deportation of Serb and Jewish populations to the concentration camps of death by Pro-Nazi Quisling government.

Namely, referring precisely to the achievements of ZAVNOBiH, this distinguished intellectual and politician demanded that the Constitution of New Yugoslavia ‘’recognizes the nationality of BiH Muslims (Bosniaks), with the respective symbol at the coat of arms for the future state’’.

‘’Cisic responsibly began to resolve the ‘paradox’ of Bosnia and Bosniaks. Namely, the country and the state of Bosnia have a millennial tradition and memory, and in the 20thcentury, there were some interpretations of Serbian and Croatian nationalists which claimed that ‘there is no Bosnian people’, ‘Bosnian history’ or that ‘Bosnia does not have its people and the right to sovereignty.’ Cisic could not accept this and decided to react on December 5th, 1945 against the unprincipled Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) regarding the Bosnian national content, and submitted a proposal to the Ministry for the Constituent in which he demanded that the coat of arms of future federal state clearly shows Bosnian people with the sixth torch,’’ said Professor of the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo, prof. dr. Senadin Lavic.

Historian Alen Zecevic states that only some information about the actions of Husaga Cisic were marked down for BiH public and academic groups during last few decades.

He was born in Mostar on December 15th, 1878, in the year of occupation of his homeland by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

‘’His impressive political career, which, given the fact that he lived for 78 years, lasted more than half of his life,’’ Zecevic writes.

Zecevic reports that the beginnings of this political engagement can be traced back to the end of the 19thcentury when he, as a young man, joined Dzabic movement. From 1906, when the Muslim People’s Organization was founded, until 1910, Cisic actively participated in the work of its Executive Committee, acting as one of the authors in the Musavat newspaper. He was also a senator in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, then Mayor of Mostar, President of the Vakuf-Mearif Assembly of Sarajevo Muslims, and Member of Parliament in Tito’s Yugoslavia.

‘’Husein Cisic cherished the high moral principles during his life. Therefore, in October 1941, during the World War II, he was the initiator and signatory of the ‘’Resolution of the Mostar Citizens’’ criticizing the persecution, property theft, the killing and deportation of Serb and Jewish populations to the concentration camps of death by Pro-Nazi Quisling government. The resolution clearly warned of the crimes of the Independent State of Croatia (Bosnian: NDH) and the fascist idea of ‘clean Croatian territories.’ He lost his two sons, Midhat and Husref Cisic, during the anti-fascist fight of BiH in the World War II,’’ prof. Lavic recalls, radiosarajevo.ba portal reports.

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