Većeslav Holjevac (August 22, 1917 – July 11, 1970) was a Croatian
and Yugoslav soldier and communist politician.
Holjevac was born in Karlovac, at the time in Austria-Hungary. He
Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Communist Party of Yugoslavia in 1939. Following the Axis
invasion of Yugoslavia and establishment of Independent State of
Croatia, Holjevac was active in resistance movement and in July 1941
he was one of the founders of Partisan units in Kordun and Banovina
regions of Croatia. He served as political commisar of Partisan units
in that region until the end of war.
The most famous action which Holjevac commanded in 1941, happened on
November 17 in Karlovac. He was in command of the platoon whose
assignment was to liberate partisan Marijan Čavić, who was wounded
by Ustashe, captured and set to healthcare in
Holjevac's platoon was redressed in Homeguard uniforms, so they
Karlovac without problems. Unfortunately, Čavić was taken
from hospital before their arrival, so the assignment was not
completely executed. However, this action made a high impression
within the population of
Karlovac and neighbouring places.
After the war Holjevac served in many important posts in Tito's
For his war service he received the title of People's Hero of
Yugoslavia on Jul 23, 1951. The following year he was named mayor of
Zagreb, a post he held until 1963. As such, he is credited with many
important construction projects that modernised the city, most notably
the creation of Novi Zagreb. He also successfully lobbied for
Zagreb trade fair.
Holjevac died in 1970 in Zagreb.
His daughter Tatjana Holjevac used his legacy to successfully launch
her own political career during the 2005 local elections in Zagreb.
A major thoroughfare of Zagreb,
Većeslav Holjevac Avenue is named
after Većeslav Holjevac.
In November 2010, a citizen's group filed a criminal report for
Holjevac's involvement in the supposed attack on a hospital on
November 17, 1941.
^ Klanje je ranjenika iz karlovačke bolnice zločin poput vukovarskog
^ Veljko Zgurić: Obožavani Holjevac je mučio zarobljene Hrvate,
Mayor of Zagreb