Čekajući Gestapoa

Šef Gestapoa u Trbovlju, niži četni SS-vođa Georg Kramheler, pregleda automobil Štajr 200 – jedno od četiri vozila (neplanski) napadnutih iz zasede od strane partizana, pripadnika 4. (Veličkove) čete 1. štajerskog bataljona, na putu Trbovlje – Sv. Marko (danas Ostenk) – Hrastnik.

Tih je dana ovim putem svakodnevno prolazio automobil trbovljanskog Gestapoa, prikupljajući informacije o tamošnjim partizanima i njihovim saradnicima; u rano jutro 25. septembra 1942. godine, u šumi pored puta između Trbovlja i Sv. Marka, automobil je u zasedi čekala Veličkova četa. Prvo vozilo se pojavilo iz pravca Sv. Marka: jedan motocikl – sa partizanskim simpatizerima. A onda je iz suprotnog pravca naišao nemački poluguseničar (sa civilnom prikolicom), za njim i automobil Nemačke firme za naseljavanje (iz Radeča) i, ubrzo potom, jedan automobil Štajerskog domovinskog saveza (trbovljanskog sreza), u kojem se nalazilo nekoliko visokih funkcionera ove organizacije: sreski vođa Heribert Eberhart (ranjen u ruku; pobegao), njegov kolega Gutsmandl (ranjen u vrat i pleća; pobegao), i šef radno-političke kancelarije, Gošnik (ubijen). U tom trenutku partizani nisu ni znali koga su napali – mislili su da su to gestapovci koje su čekali. Zatim je iz istog pravca naišao još jedan automobil, u kojem se nalazio vladin inspektor iz Graca, Prader (koji je takođe pobegao).

Gestapovski automobil na kraju ovuda nije ni prošao; u međuvremenu su ga presreli ranjeni Eberhart i Gutsmandl, i njime se odvezli (drugim putem) u bolnicu. Partizani su četiri zaustavljena vozila zapalili, i povukli se u šumu. Mesec i po dana kasnije, Veličkova četa je uništena. Njeni zarobljeni pripadnici su mučeni, i izloženi javnom ruglu (u Celju), zajedno sa leševima svojih drugova. Jedinica je preko zime obnovljena – i ubrzo ponovo uništena; ovom prilikom je ubijen i njen komandir, Lojze Hafner – Veličko.

Tekst: Ivan Ž.
Fotograf: nepoznat.
Datum: 25. septembar 1942.
Mesto: Trbovlje – Sv. Marko, Jugoslavija.
Izvor fajla: Biblioteka Znaci / Muzej istorije Jugoslavije.
Broj: 4015.
Opis: “Nemački automobili uništeni od boraca Prvog štajerskog bataljona, zaseda Veličkova, na putu Trbovlje – Hrastnik, 25. IX 1942. god.”


 

The chief of the Gestapo in Trbovlje, SS-Untersturmführer Georg Kramhöller, inspects a Steyr 200 car – one of four vehicles (unplannedly) ambushed by the Partisans, members of the 4th (Veličko’s) Company of the 1st Styrian Battalion, on the Trbovlje – Sv. Marko (today Ostenk) – Hrastnik road.

During those days, a car of the Trbovlje Gestapo passed through this road every day, gathering informations on the local Partisans and their aides; in the early morning of 25 September 1942, in the woods beside the road between Trbovlje and Sv. Marko, Veličko’s Company waited for the car in ambush. The first vehicle appeared from the direction of Sv. Marko: a motorcycle – with Partisan supporters. And then, from the opposite direction, came a German half-track (with a civilian trailer), followed by a car of the German Settlement Company (from Radeče) and, right after, a car of the Styrian Homeland Union (of the Trbovlje district), in which drove several high officials of the organisation: the district leader Heribert Eberhardt (wounded in the arm; escaped), his colleague Gutsmandl (wounded in the neck and shoulders; escaped), and the chief of the labour-political office, Goschnik (killed). At that moment, the Partisans did not even know whom they attacked – they thought that these were the Gestapo members they have been waiting for. Then, from the same direction, came another car, in which drove the government inspector from Graz, Prader (who escaped as well). In the end, the

Gestapo car never even passed this way; in the meantime, it was stopped by the wounded Eberhardt and Gutsmandl, who drove off in it (using a different road) to the hospital. The Partisans set the four stopped vehicles on fire, and retreated into the woods. A month and a half later, Veličko’s Company was destroyed. Its captured members were tortured and exposed to a public ridicule (in Celje), together with corpses of their comrades. The unit was reformed during the winter – and destroyed again soon afterwards; this time was also killed the commander himself, Lojze Hafner – Veličko.

Text: Ivan Ž.
Photographer: unknown.
Date: 25 September 1942.
Location: Trbovlje – Sv. Marko, Yugoslavia.
File Source: Biblioteka Znaci / Muzej istorije Jugoslavije.
Number: 4015.
Description: “Nemački automobili uništeni od boraca Prvog štajerskog bataljona, zaseda Veličkova, na putu Trbovlje – Hrastnik, 25. IX 1942. god.”

 

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