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Marija Novak Pivik

An extremely interesting life story that leads Marija from war time, a post-war struggle for survival, an incredible meeting with a future husband, to a journey to America, and a pleasure and joy at work for Slovenians in Cleveland. She keeps upright due to the Slovenian song!

Marija Tomažič Lavrisha

The route of a courageous woman, post-war refugee who, despite all trials, remained light-hearted and satisfied, and preserved her love for the Slovenian nation and her homeland.

Cirila Traven Kermavner

Mrs. Cirila with a rich word recalls the unbelievable events she experienced in her life course, from childhood to her encounter with Hitler, coincidental avoiding death, to refugees into America, where she happily began to live.

Mihajla Bitežnik Habjan

Mihajla is a daughter of Josip Bitežnik, a famous lawyer and politician from Primorska, born in Solkan. She experienced Ehrlich's murder at Streliška Street in Ljubljana, moving from place to place and living in numerous refugee camps. After the end of the World War II, she fully felt freedom only in the new home in Canada.

Jožefa Katarina Debeljak Žakelj

Jožejka Debeljak Žakelj, a daughter of Dr. Tine Debeljak speaks of her life, her father, her long years of separation from him, the refugees and her aunt the painter Bara Remec. Today she lives in the province of Tucumán, in the North West of Argentina, where only a handful of Slovenians live, who with unbelievable love preserve the Slovenian language and deep respect for the Slovenian nation.

Jože Tominc

Jože Tominc was born in Argentina as a son of refugee parents. He took over a lot of love to the Slovenia homeland. Since he married with an Argentinian, he tasted the bitterness of exclusion from the Slovenian community. From the first visit to Slovenia, he regularly returns to the birthplace of parents.

Justina Lukančič Fajfar

Miraculously, Justina Lukančič several times managed to escape death. Courage and firm will led her through many obstacles. With her friend Pavla, they pretended to be the prisoners from Auschwitz, so they went past many Partisan patrols and luckily arrived to Italy. On 11 July 1948, she sailed off to Argentina by ship.
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