Danube Virtual Museum

Crossing over the frozen Danube

Title: Crossing over the frozen Danube
Author: Аleksandar Aca Simić
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1900 - 2000
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Closer Dating: 1941/1942
Dimensions: 18 × 24,3 cm
Production Technique: Black-and-white photography, positive
Bibliography: Dаrkо Ćirić, Grаdski nоmаd: bеоgrаdski zаpisi fоtоrеpоrtеrа Аlеksаndrа Аcе Simićа, Bеоgrаd, 2011.


During World War II Belgrade residents were being supplied with goods from Banat area. Danube bridge that led to the Banat villages and towns was mined and destroyed on 11th 12th April 1941. The river was crossed by pontoons, ships, boats and ferries. In the winter of 1941 / 1942 frost covered the river, and citizens had to cross the Danube on foot and carry goods procured around Pančevo in their hands or on sleds.
The King Petar II Bridge was restored after the war, and twenty years later was reconstructed and expanded into the bridge that we know today as the Pančevo bridge.