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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.

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.

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!

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.