Tomo Cacic

Alternate name(s): 
Tom; A.D. Gavrilov; Casis; Casic
Date of birth: 
Friday, 25 September 1896
Marital status: 
married
Profession: 
miner; forestry; Communist Party organizer
Hometown(s): 
Buzz-Gospic, Croatia; Cascade, Montana; Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Date of Immigration to Canada: 
1924
Political affiliation: 
Socialist Party USA, 1916; Communist Party USA 1919; Communist Party of Canada, 1925 or 1927
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
Industrial Workers of the World; Mine Workers' Union; Lumber and Agricultural Workers’ Industrial Union; Workers' Unity League, district representative
Prior military experience: 
Registered for the draft in 1919 in Cascade, Montana
Unit: 
Dimitroff Battalion, political commissar; partisans
Final status: 
Interned in France from 1939-1941; Escaped, worked in Northern France in mines and in construction in Berlin; Joined the Yugoslav Partisans in 1943; Was a member of Workers' and Peasants Councils in Yugoslavia; Died in Osijek, Yugoslavia, 1969
Other: 
Cacic was one of 8 members of the Communist Party of Canada arrested in 1931 and known as the Kingston 8; He was convicted under Section 98 of the Criminal Code and sentenced to two years imprisonment and deportation; While Cacic was being deported to Yugoslavia, he escaped and returned to the Soviet Union, where he lived for several years before travelling to Spain; Cacic was possibly a member of the Servicio de Informacion Militar in Spain
Sources: 
Kraljic; Liversedge; Momryk; Petrou; Ancestry; Anthony Rasporich, ‘Tomo Čačić: Rebel without a Country,’ Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 10, no. 2 (1978): pg. 86–93; Dennis G. Molinaro, “‘A Species of Treason?’: Deportation and Nation-Building in the Case of Tomo Čačić, 1931-1934,” The Canadian Historical Review, vol. 91, no. 1 (2010): pg. 61-85.