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BOžIDAR ADžIJA (Serbian Cyrillic : Божидар Аџија; 24 December 1890 – 9 July 1941) was a Yugoslav left-wing politician and publicist.

A native of Drniš
Drniš
, of Croat and Serb descent, Adžija participated in World War I
World War I
as a soldier in Austro-Hungarian Army
Austro-Hungarian Army
.

After the war and collapse of Austria-Hungary, in 1919 he became labour policy commissioner in local Zagreb government. As an avid Social Democrat
Social Democrat
, he was member of various left-wing and Marxist parties and wrote many articles about labour and social issues. His views gradually shifted towards Communism
Communism
and in 1934 he joined Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
. Because of that he was often arrested, the last such occasion being in March 1941, only days before the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
.

When Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
collapsed and the Nazi puppet state of Independent State of Croatia was established few weeks later, Adžija was kept in the Kerestinec prison together with many other members of Croatian left-wing intelligentsia. The Ustaša
Ustaša
authorities had Adžija shot - together with Zvonimir Richtmann
Zvonimir Richtmann
, Otokar Keršovani and Ognjen Prica - as a retaliation for Partisan activity. Adžija posthumously received the title of People\'s Hero of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
.

SOURCES

* Božidar Adžija
Božidar Adžija
(in Croatian)

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* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 24649510 * LCCN : no95039646 * ISNI : 0000 0000 5510 2371 * GND : 1042842833 * BNF : cb122051902 (data)

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