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Nesuđeni atentator na kralja Aleksandra: Petar Oreb Mijat i njegov put do vješala
Petar Oreb Mijat and his Road to the Gallows

Author(s): Tonko Barčot
Subject(s): History
Published by: Hrvatski institut za povijest
Keywords: Croatian Revolutionary Organization; King Alexander; Assassination; Zagreb

Summary/Abstract: A small-time smuggle, Petar Oreb Mijat, who grew up in extremely difficult family and social circumstances, joined The Croatian Revolutionary Organization (The Ustaša) in the summer of 1933, at the urging of Ivo Telenta. Having taken an oath in Trieste, he first joined the Ustaša camp in Borgo Val di Taro, and then Vischetto, for terrorist training, where he turned out to be extremely talented for arms. For this reason, he was chosen to make an assassination on the Yugoslav King Alexander, and soon left for Zagreb. King Alexander was expected in Zagreb on December 16th, for his birthday celebration. Oreb was first late on due location, he got scared, and finally decided not to throw a bomb. The Zagreb police were soon informed from Belgrade about these activities. During the police check-up, Oreb shot one police officer, and seriously wounded the other. He tried to escape, but soon he was caught in the Zagreb area, and brought in to the police headquarters where he came clean. In March he was sentenced to death by hanging, along with his two partners – Josip Begović and Antun Pogorelec. Oreb and Begović were executed in May.

  • Issue Year: 38/2006
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 863-896
  • Page Count: 33
  • Language: Croatian