Nada Dimić was born in Divoselo near Gospić on 6 September 1923. In 1938, she became a member of the SKOJ (Alliance of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia) before becoming a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in 1940. As early as June 1941, she joined the first partisan unit in Brezovica by Sisak and participated in sabotage raids on the Zagreb — Sisak railroad.

In July 1941, when links between city Party organisations and units in the field were interrupted, Dimić was tasked with re-establishing those links. She travelled to Sisak dressed in man’s clothes and got arrested after being recognised by Ustasha agents. In the Sisak prison she was tortured, but having admitted to nothing, she was transferred to a prison in Zagreb. Beaten black and blue and exhausted, after a suicide attempt, she was taken to a hospital from which, assisted by the Zagreb party organisation, she managed to escape to Mount Petrova Gora in the Kordun region. There she worked together with the Karlovac party organisation and Josip Kraš, member of the Croatian Communist Party’s Central Committee.

The Ustasha police captured her on 3 December 1941 during an action of slipping people across to join partisans in Kordun. Asked to identify herself, Nada Dimić took a revolver from her handbag and shot an Ustasha agent. She was first detained in Karlovac, then in the prison on Savska Street in Zagreb. In February 1942, Dimić was taken to the Stara Gradiška prison camp where, following torture, she was executed by a firing squad on 17 March 1942. A Zagreb factory at the corner of Erdődy and Branimirova Street, one street and the school she had attended in Zemun used to carry her name. By decision of Josip Broz Tito, the then President of the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia, she was declared a national hero in July 1951.