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22.6.2015
ON THE EVE OF THE WWII
When the situation in Europe reached its boiling point, Slovenian newspapers experienced changes as well. The Slovenska zemlja journal described events in 1935, 1936 and 1940. Many journals were of a short period, like the Stara pravda weekly that appeared only in 1936. Slovenski študent, the illegal student paper, advocated equality, freedom and the development of the Slovenian culture and science. Later, the university students were the first to oppose fascism and Nazism. Sympathy with socialism can be found in the Sobota weekly (1937-1938) which was banned by the Interior Ministry decree. When the World War II began, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia inclined towards fascism and Nazism in order to steer away from communism that was gaining strength in Yugoslavia. Of course, the leftist newspapers were not desirable. The Tržiški zvon monthly (1938) also loudly protested against the future occupier and therefore lost its voice. On the other hand, the newspaper of the Yugoslav People’s Movement Zbor (1936-1938, illegally financed by the Nazi regime) firmly supported the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
8.6.2015
GORIŠKA MOHORJEVA ZADRUGA
The Slovenski Primorec weekly (1945-1948) was published in Gorizia by catholically oriented Slovenians of the Primorska region. The periodical reported on church issues across the world and at home, bringing news from their native land. It also had an open Window to the world. Even if it had only two to four pages, it addressed questions of principle with determination and courage. In that time, only priests who published the weekly could afford such an attitude. The periodical published mainly unsigned articles written mostly by priests but also laymen who have been under the microscope of the Yugoslav political authorities, as well as literary works, original poetry and essays about famous people of the Primorska region. In 1949, Katloški glas (Catholic voice) succeeded the weekly; in 1995 it merged with Novi list (New journal) and the two of them were renamed into Novi glas (New voice). The material has been digitized as part of the Digitisk-Digispomin project, which was financially supported by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia autonomous region. The Digital Library of Slovenia, as digitization coordinator, welcomes such connection which goes beyond the borders of the Republic of Slovenia. This is a model of good cooperation.
1.6.2015
Journalism after the World War I
After the World War I many newspapers that had ceased to be published during the war, were relaunched. Some of the magazines discussed lighter topics and were aimed to entertain, such as Vesna (1921), illustrated cultural and fashion magazine, which was primarily intended for the then female population. The Roman magazine (1929-1935) was more or less of trivial character. Turbulent political development after the war was ever-present. The socialist newsletter Zarja /dawn/ published from 1922 to 1923 announced class struggle, as well as Ujedinjenje / unification/ (1920) with its with pro-Russian tendencies. On the front page of the newspaper there was the text "Marx and Engels: proletarians of all countries unite!" Also Socialist (1923-1925), as can be seen from its title, defends the workers’ rights. The Slovenski republikanec (1924-1925) was a journal of the Slovenian peasant people as well as weekly Sedanjost (1921-1922) from Novo mesto stressing Christian values. Despite their diversity, all newspapers reflected Slovenian spirit and desire for a greater autonomy.

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