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Kristina Podkrižnik, born Pečar and Izidor Pečar

In her story, Kristina Podkrižnik, born Pečar, presents the family of her father, who was imprisoned after the war in the camp in Šentvid nad Ljubljano. The mother and children stayed at home. They were imposed with compulsory provisions and high taxes, so they could barely keep the farm alive. Kristina's brother Izidor remembers the trucks driving through their village, taking prisoners from Šentvid to the nearby forest. This happened after the end of the Second World War.

Kristina Lenc

Kristina Lenc was born in December 1945, seven months after her father's death. She is still collecting information about the fate of her father, a Polish national who was transported to Maribor as a prisoner of war in September 1944. On the night of 8 - 9 December 1945, he disappeared without a trace. Kristina assumes that he was murdered by the Germans and also speaks of the location where the remains of her father are supposed to be buried. She wants to set up a humble memorial for him.

Helena Alenka Bizjak

Helena Alenka Bizjak speaks of her father Franc, born in Trieste in 1911, from where the family fled to Maribor due to fascist persecution. Franc served as a postal worker in various places in Slovenia. He was a secretary in the Nanos association that connected Primorska emigrants. After the war, he was transferred to Gorica, where he was the director of the post office. He became a member of the party, but in 1966, UDBA removed him from this position.

Lidija Drobnič, born Kisovec

In her testimony, Lidija Drobnič presents us her memories of the time when she was imprisoned as a student in Ferdreng - today Podlesje (formerly the closed-off area of Kočevje), where a women's camp for socially useful work was founded in July 1949. The shocking memories point out the fact that, after the end of the Second World War, Slovenia was not a legal and democratic state and that it roughly violated human rights and dignity, in this case of women.

Julka Zelnik, born Rožmanec

Julka Zevnik from Horjula never saw her father, since she was born two months after the Italians took him away. He was interned at the camp at Rab, in Renicci, and after the Italian capitulation, he was transported to the Flossenburg camp, to Germany, where he died. He left behind three young children, aged 5 years, 2 years and one year, and their mother.

Alojzij Seljak

Janez Seljak was a smith from Lovranovo in Bloke. When the partisans took him from his home and murdered him in July 1942, his son Alojzij was seven years old. The father left behind six children and a pregnant wife.

Ida Laura Kopačin, born Fabčič

The father of Mrs. Laura and her brother Evgen was killed by partisans in October 1943 and their mother in February 1944. After the murder of their parents, they were taken in by relatives in Podbreg, where they lived before escaping to France.

Ivan and Janez Kimovec

Witnesses Ivan and Janez Kimovec are the son and grandson of Jakob Kimovec, who was the mayor of the municipality of Vače and was killed after the war. During the war, the partisans also killed Jakob Kimovec's daughter.

Matija Spudič

The Spudič family - father, mother and five children - was taken to the concentration camp Strnišče pri Ptuju (Šterntal) after the war, because they were descended from Danube Germans. At that time, Matija was eight years old, but he remembers well all the hardships in the camp.

Adolf Malovrh

Adolf Malovrh was born in Šentjošt nad Horjulom. 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.
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