Lazar Bačić

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Lazar Bačić
Born(1865-01-00)January 1865
Jasenovac, Austrian Empire (now Croatia)
Died12 May 1941(1941-05-12) (aged 76)
Resting placeMirogoj Cemetery
ResidenceZagreb
Citizenship
Occupationmerchant
OrganizationPrivrednik
Home townJasenovac
Political partySerb Independent Party

Lazar Bačić (Serbian Cyrillic: Лазар Бачић; January 1865 – 12 May 1941) was a Croatian Serb merchant and philanthropist.

Ustashe used his property and industrial facilities to open the Jasenovac concentration camp III (Ciglana camp).

Biography[edit]

Bačić was engaged in trade and owned several stores in Zagreb and Jasenovac, as well as a brickyard.[1][2]

He was one of the founders of the Serbian Bank in Zagreb, a longtime president of the Serbian Orthodox Church Administration in Jasenovac, a member of the Board of Directors of the Pakrac Savings Bank in Pakrac and the Serbian co-operation for promotion and savings in Okučani, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Serbian Credit Cooperative in Kostajnica and the Serbian Savings Bank as a cooperative in Nova Gradiska.[3]

High treason accusation[edit]

As a member of the Central Committee of the Serbian Independent Party, in 1909 Bačić was one of 53 Serbs accused by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy of high treason – conspiracy to overthrow the state and place Croatia-Slavonia under Serbian rule. He spent 16 months in a prison. After that he was tagged as a suspicious person, especially during the World War I.

Privrednik[edit]

Bačić was a member of the Privrednik's Patronage at the time of his establishment in 1911 and one of his greatest philanthropists.[4] Each year, on the Lazarus Saturday, he donated ten thousand Yugoslav dinars to Privrednik. In addition to his regular cash payments, in 1921, he handed over a luxurious two-storey building with a shop at the corner of the Gaj Street and the Berislavić Street in the center of Zagreb, as well as hundred thousand dinars.[4]

Death[edit]

Bačić died in his apartment in Zagreb on 12 May 1941 and was buried at the Mirogoj Cemetery on 14 May.[5][6]

His property in Jasenovac was confiscated by Ustashe Militia and used its industrial facilities to open the Jasenovac concentration camp III (Ciglana camp), which existed there until 23 April 1945.[1][4]

Sedlar controversy[edit]

Croatian filmmaker Jakov Sedlar in his 2016 documentary film Jasenovac: The Truth accused Bačić for the pre-war murders of Croats in Jasenovac and stated that he and his son Ozren had fled to Serbia where they supported the Milan Nedić's Government.[5] Ljubica Bačić, a daughter of Ozren Bačić, rejected this accusations and confirmed that Ozren was his nephew and that he died in Zagreb.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He had a brother, Jovan, who was a merchant also. He married Dragica Miković, with whom he had no children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ubili su ga ciglama". p-portal.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ Krestić, Petar V. (2002). Srpsko privredno društvo „Privrednik“ (1897-1918). Belgrade: Istorijski institut i Službeni glasnik.
  3. ^ Rumenjak, Natalija (1999). Čelni ljudi u novčanim zavodima Banske Hrvatske 1900. godine. Zagreb. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Privrednikovi dobrotvori". privrednik.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Sve laži Jakova Sedlara". portalnovosti.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "MILORADU PUPOVCU UMRIJETI U ZAGREBU ZNAČI UMRIJETI U JASENOVCU". croatiarediviva.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Kaznena prijava protiv Jakova Sedlara zbog filma o Jasenovcu". autograf.hr. Retrieved 26 April 2018.