MOBILIZATION OF THE NOF CADRES
After the first congress of the NOF on 13 January 1948 in the village
B'mbel, Kostur, and after the election of the new leadership of NOF,
many of the old, tried and experienced cadres of the Lerin region were
left without any functions and duties.
They were the following cadres:
1. Lambro Chokalov
2. Fote Agijanov-Oche
3. Mihail Maliot
4. Ilo Dimakov- Goche
At that time, Ilo Dimakov-Goche was forced from the ranks of DAG as
These people were available to the secretary of the Lerin region, Tane
Lazar Naumov, to allocate them in his region and give them a function
in the organization. Tane knew that such would be the future of many
other cadres who had until then been in the ranks of NOF and DAG.
In Aril 1948 a general mobilization of cadres from NOF was undertaken.
The reason for this was: at the time of holding the first NOF congress
Zaharijadis and his like-minded colleagues saw the great and powerful
activity and the authority that NOF had with the people. And instead
of being happy about it, it was as though they were afraid of it. They
decided to close down the organization as soon as possible so that it
would no longer exist.
Toward that aim, Zaharijadis together with the military head quarters
of DAG decided to undertake a general mobilization of NOF cadres. To
achieve that goal all the members of NOF from the Lerin region were
called to assemble in the village Zhelevo, where the office was located.
35 cadres from the regional committee met there. From Zhelevo to the
village of Rulja where the recruitment was to end, they walked day and
At the last moment, Zaharijadis and Ioanidis had a rethink; they decided
not to mobilize the secretaries because they considered that in the
future they would need them to establish a new NOF committee and if
another need arose, they would call for another mobilization. "Embedata"
was in Rulja a place where partisans were trained before entering the
fighting ranks of DAG. After examination by a military commission, another
two cadres of NOF from the Lerin region were released for health reasons,
they were German Lajov for his old age and Tego Stoinichin because he
Out of 35 members in NOF for the Lerin region, only three remained.
Then, the secretary, Tane Lazar Naumov, reallocated the remaining two
members - German Laev as organizing secretary and Tego Stoinichin was
responsible fo education. With these two cadres, they had to start to
form a new NOF. To that end German Laev was sent to Sorovichko-Kajlarski
region, and Tego Stoinichin to the villages on the Lerin plain.
Headquarters of the Lerin region, taken 25 March 1948. From left
to right: Sultana Naskova - a member of NOF, Tane Naumov - secretary
of NOF, Mahi Pileva - secretary of AFZ, German Damov - member of the
headquarters, and Sterjana Vangelova-Slavjanka - member of AFZ.
Headquarters of the Lerin region, taken 25 March 1948. From left to
right: Sultana Naskova - a member of NOF, Tane Naumov - secretary of
NOF, Mahi Pileva - secretary of AFZ, German Damov - member of the headquarters,
and Sterjana Vangelova-Slavjanka - member of AFZ.
The three remaining cadres were obliged to seek some left over fighters
- invalid, capable only for organizational activity, so that the new
NOF could be formed.
It is interesting to note that the members of NOF who were mobilized
into the fighting DAG ranks were given no military function because
of their age even though they were capable at the time. It was apparent
that they had been mobilized so that they could be killed. To that end,
every last one of them was allocated to the role of ordinary soldier
and sent to the front in the first waves. They were meant to die from
enemy bullets or mines. With this allocation of NOF cadres, the ultimate
aim of KPG against the Macedonian people is clear.
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