Heroic story of Kazakh soldier Kassym Zhakupov known as Kasse Sebero
On October 20, Slovenian village Povir hosted a Kazakh-Slovenian event dedicated to Kazakh soldier who died in WWII and laid bones in Povir.
Slovenians used to call Kazakh soldier Kasse Sebero. He was a hero who fought for country against Fascism. Local people tended to grave respectfully for 75 years unknowing the real name of the hero. His name was discovered a few weeks ago thanks to Kazakh Embassy in Slovenia researching activity.
December 27, 1943: In the village of Divača, Slovenia, a battle broke out between the Slovenian partisans and the Italian gendarmerie (despite the surrender of Italy the Italians were still present there by that time).
One of the partisans, who were not very similar in appearance to the locals, was seriously wounded. He was transported to the neighboring village Gorenie at night. A Slovenian girl took care of him. She sent for a doctor who lived in Trieste, the city located 15 kilometers away. The doctor arrived and tried to help the wounded soldier. But, unfortunately, the injury was too serious. The soviet partisan died at the hands of the girl and her brother, who fought with him in the battle.
In gratitude for the courage of the soldier the locals decided to bury him humanly in the cemetery in nearby village Povir. The priest of the local Catholic parish organized a secret burial.
Thus, a grave appeared in the cemetery, for which the villagers have been caring for 75 years (first war veterans, now their children and grandchildren). The inscription on the grave says:
People’s Liberation Army
and gave his life in 1943
Kazakh Embassy started to research this story a few months ago. The incredible story was published in Kazakh newspapers and as it comes the relatives of the unknown hero were founded.
It is not proved completed, but for 99% now we are sure that Kasse Sebero is Kassym Zhakupov from North Kazakhstan oblast who fought among partisans in Yugoslavia in WWII.
There is a version that “Sebero” could mean not a distorted last name, but the beginning of the name “North Kazakhstan region” (Severo Kazakhstanskaya oblast) in his documents. And Kasse could mean Kassym.
The newspaper article was read by Kassym’s distant relatives, who compared all the data, old letters and realized that it was about their grandfather, who was still missing.
Kassym Zhakupov’s Grand-nephew, police colonel Bolatbek Belgibekov called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out more details and share the story of his family. His grandfather Bekmagambet (mentioned in Kassym’s letter) became an orphan and grew up with Kassym’s family. They went to the War together. Belmagambet came back home after war with one leg. He said that Kassym were missed somewhere in Yugoslavia among partisans.
Belgibekov keep safe Kassym’s letters. Kassym wrote them in the Kazakh language using Latin alphabet. All these years, these letters were not very understood by the grandmother, because no one could read them (for the Kazakh language used a modified Latin font in 1929-1940, and in 1940 it was translated into Cyrillic alphabet). Belgibekov contacted specialists from the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi who helped to understand the old letters.
Kassym Zhakupov was born in 1906 in Bayan village, North Kazakhstan Oblast. He went to War on July 24, 1941. He went missing in February 1943. According to the relatives, Kassym knew foreign languages and therefore he was thrown into the rear of the enemy on the territory of Yugoslavia. He periodically wrote letters to his relatives from there, but in early 1943 they stopped receiving any news.
During the post-war years the relatives tried to find him, but they did not know in which region he fought exactly. Last year Kassym Zhakupov’s spouse died. They had an only son, who was no longer alive, either. However, Kassym had grandchildren, one of whom was named Kassym in honor of his grandfather.