Serbian Post issue commemorates centenary of Toplica Uprising

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23 February 2017
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03_-FDC-100th-ANNIVERSARY-OF-TOPLICA-UPRISING-29213.jpeg Toplica first day cover
A World War I uprising which began on 26 February 1917 is to be commemorated with a new stamp and special postmark.

A World War I uprising which began on 21 February 1917 is to be commemorated with a new stamp and a special postmark.

The Toplica uprising, which was part of Serbia's response to the events of World War I, saw guerilla Serbian forces rebel against the Bulgarian occupation of eastern Serbia, in a stand which lasted from 21 February to 25 March.

The background to the rebellion was a sustained supression of Serbian culture, as the occupiers burnt Serbian books, prohibited local traditions and imprisoned those who protested. Although the Serbian forces were defeated, the uprising is still remembered yearly.

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The stamp, by Bovan Savic MA, an academic painter, shows rebel forces taking a stand against the enemy, whilst the first day cover features an image of a statue commemorating the uprising. The issue was prepared with the help of Darko Zaric, director of the National Museum of Toplica.