He finished elementary school in Zemun in 1919, and six grades of gymnasium in Vukovar and Vinkovci by 1926. He subsequently worked at the newspaper Hrvatski list in Osijek. He worked at the paper until 1944, and from 1941 to 1944 served as its editor. He attended the trial of the bandit Čaruga, and published a book about. From 1932 on, he also wrote articles about chess.