Kristina Podkrižnik, born Pečar and Izidor Pečar


Six children were born in the Pečar family, the eldest son in 1933, and the youngest daughter after the war, when the father returned from prison. They lived in the village of Nadgorica, near the church of St. John the Baptist. They had a farm, and the father, Jože, was very well-read. He was a member of the Orel gymnastic society and an excellent athlete. He was supposed to attend the Olympics, but that was not possible because he had to work on the farm. He took every job, from masonry and carpentry to looking after the home, family and farm.

Nadgorica was part of the German occupation area during the Second World War. The locals were very interconnected and they helped each other. In this area, the partisans became organised early on. Because of his progressive and honest work, the father was in the way of some people. So he was forced to hide during the war, otherwise he would have been murdered. He strongly felt the opposition immediately after the war, when he was imprisoned in the Šentvid prisons. His daughter Kristina remembers that when he arrived home, she did not even recognise him. He told her that the food in prison was very meagre, mostly thin soups that had maggots. After getting out of prison, the family was struck by compulsory provisions and high taxes, and the only way to keep the farm alive was through extraordinary effort and hard work. They would earn some extra money by digging sand at Sava, so that they could pay all the imposed taxes.

Kristina and her brother Izidor remember that after the end of the war, there were trucks driving through their village into the nearby forest. According to their father, they were carrying prisoners from Šetnvid. The father would often say: “They’re driving them again, they’re driving them again”.

The burial is not yet marked and recorded, but it is supposed to be located in the nearby swamp forest, where there are trenches with individual slightly raised embankments.

Kristina has fond memories of her education, as she received particular respect from the teachers.  Her family raised her with an inner pride, which she maintained in spite of the deprivation of her rights by the post-war authorities. She retains the values she received from her parents and does not bear vengeance but peace and desire for harmony.

Recorded: 17 December 2019, Ljubljana Črnuče (Slovenia)

The conversation was moderated by: Marta Keršič, camera: Mirjam Dujo Jurjevčič

Prepared for publication by: Marta Keršič and Mirjam Dujo Jurjevčič