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South America

Mici Malavašič Cassullo

Mici Malavašič was born in the parish of Šentjošt nad Horjulom three years before the beginning of the World War II. During the War, the partisans threatened his father with death, because a young priest, Srečko Huth, who was later a victim of revolutionary violence, lived with them. After the end of the War, the Malavašič family, fearing Communism, fled with other refugees to Austrian Carinthia. From there, they travelled to Argentina, where they arrived in 1948. There, Mici became actively involved in the Slovenian community and for many years participated in numerous activities and projects of the expatriate institution Naš dom.

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Albinca Žonta Malavašič

Albinca Žonta Malavašič from Šentjošt nad Horjulom, witnessed revolutionary violence during the World War II, as well as the arson of their home, murder of two brothers, faced constant fear of partisans and, at the end of the War, was forced to flee abroad due to partisan revenge. She fled with her family to Austrian Carinthia and from there to Argentina, where she created a new life for herself.

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Branko Rebozov

Dr. Rozina Švent, historian and librarian, on Branko Rebozov’s attitude towards Slovenehood: “I have met Branko in person three times, twice when he visited Slovenia, in 2000 and 2005, and in person in Buenos Aires in 2001. One would be hard pressed to find a person so dedicated to Slovenehood among expatriates … Wherever he was able to express his Slovenehood, he did so directly.”

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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