Žika Rafajlović

Živojin Rafajlović (Serbian Cyrillic: Живојин Рафајловић, 1871 – 1953), known as Žika (Жика), was a Serbian politician, state deputy, a member of the Democrats. He was the Ban of Vardar during 1940 and 1941.

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Mionica, Principality of Serbia. He finished the Military Academy as an infantry captain, 2nd class.[1] He worked as a frontier guard in Vranje, which became his hometown.

Serbian Chetnik OrganizationEdit

The Central Committee (of Belgrade) was established in 1902 by Milorad Gođevac, Luka Ćelović, Vasa Jovanović, Žika Rafajlović, Nikola Spasić and Ljuba Kovačević.[2]

On 25 April 1904, two bands of some 20 fighters under vojvoda Anđelko Aleksić and vojvoda Đorđe Cvetković swore oath in a ceremony before Milorad Gođevac, Vasa Jovanović, Žika Rafajlović, Luka Ćelović and General Jovan Atanacković, with prota Nikola Stefanović holding the prayers.[3] The Committee had prepared the formation of the first bands for a number of months.[3] The bands crossed into Ottoman territory on 8 May, but were subsequently exposed in the Albanian and Turkish villages. The Ottoman army killed all of the Chetniks at the Fight on Šuplji Kamen hill on May 27.[4] According to Serbian state documents, the death toll was 24 Chetniks, a zaptı (Ottoman gendarmerie), and three Ottoman soldiers.[5] Serbian deputy Ristić, according to the document, named Žika Rafajlović as the organizer of the band, and that "such adventures and thoughtless treacherous actions should be stopped".[5]

FamilyEdit

He had five sons.

AnnotationsEdit

  • His surname is infrequently spelled as Rafailović (Рафаиловић).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spomenica pedesetogodišnjice Vojne akademije: 1850-1900. Vojna štamp. 1900. Пеш. капетан II класе Живојин Рафаиловић.
  2. ^ Milja Milosavljević; Rebeka Levi (2006). Kod dva bela goluba. IP Signature. p. 102. Године 1902. основан је Главни одбор четничке орга- низације у који су ушли доктор Милорад Гођевац, Лука Ћ.е- ловић, Васа Јовановић, Жика Рафаиловић, Никола Спасић и Љуба Ковачевић.
  3. ^ a b Krakov, p. 150
  4. ^ Krakov, pp. 161–164
  5. ^ a b Viktor Novak (2008). Revue historique. 57. p. 359. Жика Рафаиловић

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