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Jože Tominc

Parents of Jože Tominc were born in the Šentjošt at Horjul parish. After the war, they fled to Carinthia as refugees. They were transferred to Spittal from the Vetrinj camp. At that time they married, the first daughter Marjanca was born to them. They were married by the priest Malavašič, but they did not receive the original marriage certificate, but only the church wedding card. Their marriage was therefore not valid and children were considered unlawful. Only later the matter was settled. After spending three years in camps, in December 1948 they moved to Argentina with the family, where they were first accommodated at the Migrant Hotel.

The father of Jože undertook every work and he helped a lot in building the Slovenian community in Argentina. He was a joiner by profession and he became the keeper of the Slovenian home at Pristava in Buenos Aires. He liked to cook and bake, and he often took care of the food at various ceremonies and celebrations among Slovenians. He missed Slovenia very much, and in many ways he kept memories of his native village. Initially, he kept hoping that he would return once, but his wish did not materialise. Together with his wife, he is buried in Argentina.

Jože remembers that it was not good if a Slovenian married an Argentine. At the time of his youth this was not well accepted. There were five children in his family and they have been all married to the Argentines. In this way they somehow risked to be excluded from the Slovenian community, which severely affected them. Due to this, their children did not attend the Slovenian school, and only today, after many decades, they learn about the homeland of their grandparents. Communication is no longer a problem, as the younger generation talks to one another in English. Jože’s wish is that perhaps grandchildren and granddaughters might learn Slovenian. He is proud of his parents and says that he will love Slovenia to death.

Recorded: 25 November 2014, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

The conversation was led by: Marta Keršič, Camera: Peter Keršič

Preparad for publication by: Marta Keršič and Mirjam Dujo Jurjevčič