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Ivan Zakrajšek

The couple Zdenka and Ivan met in America, where they, for fear of communism, found themselves with their families. They began to live a rich life in the Slovenian community, which helped them to maintain contact with their homeland. They still speak in beautiful Slovenian.

Paulina F. Dolinar in Mira Kosem

The testimony of the sisters Mira and Paulina tells of the refugee of the Adamič family from Sodražica, who had to leave the native country due to interwar and post-war communist violence. In May 1945, with the thousands of Slovenian refugees, their father moved to the Austrian Carinthia and from there to America. The mother with children joined him only after ten years. Children quickly became involved in the life of the Slovenian community in Cleveland, and in their hearts there remained a great love for the Slovenia homeland.

Dr. Mirko Gogala

Mirko Gogala found refuge in Argentina as a post-war refugee, and he made a great deal of good for the people assigned to him as a spiritual shepherd, both for Slovenians and Argentines. He did not make differences between the nations, he was talking about God's glory. He achieved many honours in the Argentine Church as a prelate, a doctor of theology, a professor at various universities, but most of all meant to him the day when Bishop Rožman dedicated him to the priest, Christ's deputy.

Mari Kosem Celestina

Mrs. Mari Celestina has always been led by optimism that helped her to survive turbulent and difficult moments. There were a lot of them in her life, as she tasted the occupation, revolution, refugee and life in the camp. She created the family in Cleveland, she is grateful to God for the blessing she received.

Ivan Lavrič

During the World War II, Mr. Ivan Lavrič was a minor, but he already tasted arrest, captivity and mobilisation. After the war, he was settled in various camps from Italy to Germany, and was eventually sent to England. He married there and created a home and a family.

Jelka Mrak Dolinar

Jelka Mrak Dolinar, despite all the harsh tests, did not lose her solid backbone and remained faithful to her principles. As a witness of time, she has testified with countless articles, interviews, and above all her book Brazde mojega življenja (The Furrows of My Life), about the horrors and injustices that happened on the Slovenian soil in the interwar and post-war times.

Valentin Mohar

During the war, Valentin Mohar was pursued by the Italians, then a Partisan in the Prešeren Brigade, a guardian of the Kočevje Assembly of Delegates, a member of the Primorje Safety Guard, and a refugee in several camps after the war. The last route led him to England, where he created his family.

Majda in Alojz Starman

The route of the couple Majda and Alojz Starman started in Slovenia. They both experienced the painful and sad moments of the war time. When after the World War II with a wave of refugees fled over Ljubelj, Majda was eight, and Lojze was twelve years old. They met in the Spittal camp and married there in 1958. They created a home and a family with six children in Spittal in Carinthia, not far from the location of the camp barracks.

Marija Oblak Žakelj

The war brought a lot of fear, robberies, arsons and murders to the village of Sv. Gregor. There are remarkable memories of these times in Mrs. Marija. As a refugee, she came to America in 1949 and lived there freely.

Zdenka Mejač Zakrajšek

The couple Zdenka and Ivan met in America, where they, for fear of communism, found themselves with their families. They began to live a rich life in the Slovenian community, which helped them to maintain contact with their homeland. They still speak in beautiful Slovenian.
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