Donation from the family of Vera Ciriviri – Trena

The collections of the NI Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence have been enriched with a new donation – the family of the Macedonian partisan Vera Ciriviri – Trena. On the initiative of the director Daniela Nikolova and established contacts with the family of the heroine Trena, the museum fund received another valuable donation of personal documents, photographs, narrative materials, material testimonies, etc.

Донација од семејството на Вера Циривири - Трена

The museum expresses great gratitude to her nieces Vera Ciriviri Djurikj and Teodora Ciriviri, who during their visit to the museum deposited the personal items of their aunt Vera Ciriviri – Trena.

The museum continues its mission of building trust with citizens and through donations as a vital contribution to the museum fund. Thanks to the demonstrated social responsibility of individuals, groups or institutions, we contribute to the enrichment not only of our museum materials, but also of the Macedonian historical and cultural heritage in general – in just one year, the museum fund has been enriched with 480 items through donations.

Vera Ciriviri – Trena (Prilep, 1921 – Shtip, July 15, 1944) is a Macedonian partisan, heroine and participant in the NOB (National Liberation War). During the period when she lived in Belgrade, Vera and her mother often traveled to Prilep and back. On those trips, in fact, they brought materials, leaflets and everything needed to form local committees.

Her father, Kosta Ciriviri, had a tailor’s shop in Belgrade, which was a well-known meeting place of revolutionaries, artists, poets and students from Macedonia, who had a great influence on her political beliefs.

In 1940, she became a member of the Communist Party, and the same year on Ilinden (August 2), she was one of the organizers of the well-known manifestation, which was organized by the progressive youth in the city on the occasion of the national holiday. On March 27, 1941, Vera took part in the Belgrade demonstrations against the military coup.

In Kosta Ciriviri’s shop, there was a specially made ironing board that was a hideout for students fleeing from the police. During the occupation, Vera Ciriviri was among the first to join the NOB. She was considered a very good instructor with excellent organizational skills, so the party constantly entrusted her with the tasks of opening local committees and sending fighters to the front.

After a party assignment, she went to Shtip, where on the night of July 15, 1944, the house she was in was blocked by the Bulgarian police. Vera started running barefoot towards the neighboring houses, but no one answered her pleas to hide. At the moment when she was jumping over the wall of the fence of a house, she was hit by the police agents, who were chasing her. In order not to surrender alive into the hands of the enemy, Vera committed suicide. Vera Ciriviri-Trena has not been declared a national hero to this day.

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