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Zrenjanin (Municipality, Serbia and Montenegro [Serbia])

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History of Zrenjanin

Zrenjanin (formerly, Veliki Beckerek* ; Hungarian, Nagybecskerek ; German, Grossbetscherek) is a town and district in Vojvodina, close to the Romanian border. The town has got 81.382 inhabitants (1990 census).

The 1910 population census yielded 26,006 inhabitants, divided as follows:

In 1918, the city was under French occupation. From 1920 (treaty of Trianon) to 1941, the city was incorporated to Yugoslavia. In 1941-1944, the area was occupied and annexed by Germany. The treaty of Paris reallocated it to Yugoslavia in 1947.

István Molnár, 12 December 2000

*Veliki Beckerek, the original name in Croatian/Serbian, similar to the Hungarian and German names, was changed to Petrovgrad in 1934 (I guess it was after the new young king Peter II). After the Second World War, the city was renamed Zrenjanin, after the national hero Zarko Zrenjanin Uca (1902-1942). Zrenjanin Uca has been a Communist activist and leader of the Communist Party in Vojvodina since late 1920s, He was jailed several times before the Second World War. During the War, he led the partisan struggle in Vojvodina, and was killed as Vojvodina delegate on his way to the AVNOJ meeting in 1942.

Zrenjanin is the biggest city in Banat (i.e. the part of Vojvodina east of Tisa river and north of Danube).

Željko Heimer, 14 December 2000

Flag of Zrenjanin (Nagybecskerek) in Austro-Hungarian Empire

[Flag of Nagybecskerek]by István Molnár

Source: Sándor Széll. Városaink neve, címere és lobogója [szs41].

István Molnár, 24 September 2002