The Malovrh family in 1941, (2nd row: Adolf first from the left).
Adolf Malovrh was born in 1929, in Šentjošt nad Horjulom. After the end of the Second World War, he spent a short time hiding in local forests. As a result of the allegations of his participation in ‘Bitenc’s spying organisation’, he was imprisoned in 1949 and sentenced to seven years of strict imprisonment and a two-year loss of civil rights. He served his sentence in full; for some time, he was imprisoned as a tuberculosis patient in a military hospital. After returning home in 1956, he started a family and took over the management of the farm.
Among the convicts in 1949 were four of the eight members of the Malovrh family: the father Pavel, the mother Marjana, the son Adolf and the daughter Jožefa. The older sons, Albert and Pavel, went across the border in 1945 and to Argentina in 1948. The younger brother, Feliks, was studying in Ljubljana. After her family was imprisoned, the 12-year-old daughter Nada was assigned to an estate and afterwards came to live with her aunt.
In his memories of the prison years, Adolf wrote, among other things:
“Right away, I was put into a 2 x 3 metre bunker in an underground prison system. All concrete, just a board in the corner for me to lay on. /…/ This gave me at least some sort of time frame, since I could not see daylight from this bunker. /…/ Breakfast was at seven in the morning – a quarter litre of black water tasting of barley and 7 dag of corn bread. Around noon, I would receive half a litre of some sort of cloudy water, difficult to say what had been cooking in it. I would find a little bean or a piece of potato here and there. I got a half a litre of some sort of soup around six o’clock. These were my meals during the 107 days I spent in that room. /…/Always when the light turned on, my eyes would hurt because the transition from perfect darkness to light was so sudden. In seven years of prison, those days in the bunker were the most difficult for me.”
We received the written testimony at the Study Centre for National Reconciliation on 11 March 2009.
Prepared for publication by: Marta Keršič