View from within the monument to the Sisak Partisan Detachment
When is Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia?
How long until Anti-Fascist Struggle Day?
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Dates of Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
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|Marks the start of the uprising of anti-fascist Partisans againstoccupying forces in 1940|
Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is a public holiday in Croatia and is always celebrated on 22 June.
It marks the beginning of the uprising of Croatian anti-fascist Partisans against German and Italian occupying forces.
History of Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia
On 6 April 1941, during the Second World War, the Wehrmacht (German armed forces) and their allies (Italy and Hungary) invaded the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Meeting little organised resistance, within 11 days the country was fully under Axis control.
Despite this initial capitulation, it wasn't long before the Yugoslavs started organising themselves and resistance movements started to emerge. On 22 June 1941 in the Brezovica woods outside Sisak in central Croatia, the First Sisak Partisan Detachment was formed. This was the first military unit formed by a resistance movement in occupied Europe.
The anti-fascist movement in Croatia grew from this first detachment into a nationwide resistance in which more than 500,000 Croatian citizens actively participated and is considered to be the most effective resistance movement active during the war.
The Yugoslav Resistance was led by the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. Its commander was Marshal Josip Broz Tito, who went on to become the first president of Yugoslavia.
To mark Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, wreaths are laid at the monument to the detachment that stands in a memorial park in Brezovica on 22 June.