Former Yugoslav first lady to be buried next to Tito

According to her last wish, Jovanka Broz, the last wife of a life long president of Yugoslavia, will be buried next to Tito in Belgrade.

Former Yugoslav first lady to be buried next to Tito

World Bulletin/News Desk

Serbian government issued on Monday morning permission that Jovanka Broz can be buried in a mausoleum known as the House of Flowers in Belgrade, the same place where Josip Broz Tito, life long president of Yugoslavia, is buried.

“The government of Serbia accepted the request from the family and permits that Jovanka Broz can be buried in the House of Flowers, that is part of the Museum of Yugoslav History,” the government statement reads.

A Belgrade historian Latinka Perovic told the media that if Jovanka is buried in this place, it will be no longer a museum but a family tomb.

Jovanka Broz died on Sunday in Belgrade after a long illness. She was 89.

She was among the youngest antifascist fighters during the Second World War in Yugoslavia, and was twice awarded with the Medal of Bravery.

After the war, Jovanka became Tito’s personal secretary, and in 1952 they got married and she became his third wife.

The couple separated in 1975 after Tito’s closed associates accused her for espionage. They have never officially divorced.

After Tito’s death in 1980, Jovanka was deprived of all her rights and was living under house arrest in a small house in Belgrade where she continued living in isolation after the break up of Yugoslavia in 1991. Only rarely Jovanka spoke with the media or anybody.

The House of Flowers is a mausoleum of Tito. It was built in 1975 as a winter garden for Tito’s residence in Dedinje, Belgrade. For almost a decade after the break up of Yugoslavia in 1990, the House was closed to the public. However, since 2004, it has been opened again for guests.

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