Vlada Zečević

Vladimir "Vlada" Zečević (Serbian-Cyrillic: Владимир Влада Зечевић; 21 March 1903 (OS), in Loznica – 26 October 1970, in Belgrade) was a Serbian Orthodox priest and later a member of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Partisans during World War II who served as the first post-WW2 Minister of the Interior of Yugoslavia from 7 March 1945 to 2 February 1946.

Vladimir Vlada Zečević
Владимир Влада Зечевић
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1st Minister of the Interior of SFR Yugoslavia
In office
7 March 1945 – 2 February 1946
PresidentJosip Broz Tito
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAleksandar Ranković
Personal details
Born21 March 1903
Loznica, Kingdom of Serbia
Died(1970-10-26)26 October 1970
Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partyCommunist Party of Yugoslavia
OccupationPriest, politician
Military service
Allegiance Yugoslavia
Branch/serviceYugoslav Partisans
Years of service1941–1945
RankPolitical commissar
Battles/warsWorld War II in Kingdom of Yugoslavia

BiographyEdit

Zečević was born in Loznica, on 25 March 1903. He graduated from the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Theology. From 1927 to 1941 he served as a parish priest in Krupanj, whereupon he became invested in the political life, ardently supporting the opposition.

After the Invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941 by the Axis powers, Zečević voluntarily joined the Royal Yugoslav Army. He was, at first, affiliated with the Chetniks but, following the siege on Šabac, he defected to the Yugoslav Partisans together with lieutenant Ratko Martinović, alongside five hundred other Chetnik soldiers.

In November 1941, during the short-lived liberated territory in Western Serbia, known as Republic of Užice, he was a member of the newly established Main National Liberation Committee for Serbia responsible for Trade, supplies, forestry and mining.[1]

He joined the League of Communists of Yugoslavia in 1942 and went on to serve as a political commissar deputy of the Valjevo Partisan Unit, a member of the AVNOJ's Executive Board, a commissioner of the Denominational Department during the First AVNOJ Session and a commissioner of internal affairs during the World War II.

Having survived the war, Zečević served as Minister of the Interior of Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1946; as Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure of the SR Serbia from 1952 to 1953 and as president of the Yugoslav Parliament from 1954 to 1960.

Zečević died in Belgrade on 26 October 1970, where he was also buried.

BibliographyEdit

Zečević authored three books, all published in the 1960s, respectively titled An Encounter in the Dark (Belgrade, 1963), The More You Know (Belgrade, 1968) and Insurgency Growing (Zagreb, 1968).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mladenović, p. 140

SourcesEdit

  • Mladenović, Stanko (1975). Pop Vlada Zečević. Beograd: Rad. COBISS 117476103
  • Roberts, Walter. Tito, Mihailovic and the Allies 1941 - 1945. Duke Univ. Press, 1994.
  • Steinberg, S. H. The Statesman's Year-Book: Statistical and Historical Annual of the States of the World for the Year 1950. Macmillan, 1950