The Digital Library of Slovenia has been digitizing important documents of the past. Digital copies of the war material are most necessary due to the poor condition of many documents created in difficult conditions. The journal Slovenka (Slovenian woman) of the Anti-Fascist Women's Association of Primorska
was published in various illegal partisan printing-houses: "Nanos", "Čaven", "Porezen", "Grmada", "Špik", "Snežnik", "Matajur", "Krn", "Sabotin", "Javornik", "Žena", in the "Slovenija" printing-house and many others. A lot of important authors like Ive Šubic contributed their illustrations. During the Second World War, the Propaganda section covered all segments of the society trying to persuade every Slovenian. The introduction of the first issue editorial addresses all Slovenian women: "In these difficult times, the journal wants to be the voice of your wishes, hopes and expectations, and also your aspirations and efforts!"
During the Second World War, many women took part in the fight against the occupier. The journal (1943-1945) does not stress typical female roles of mother and wife, as it is the case with others, the so-called women journals – it also spurs fighting spirit and encourages activism.
Evgen Favetti donated the manuscript to the Slovenian Museum and Archives in Cleveland.
His father had received it as a gift when he had worked in the Stritarjeva Street bookshop in Ljubljana. After World War II, the family moved to the United States, and with them also Prešeren's manuscripts.
Ever since its discovery, the North America has been regarded as the Promised Land - it attracted a large number of emigrants looking for better living conditions.
Slovenians massively emigrated to America in the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century; after 1945, a new wave of emigrants followed. In the early 20th century emigrants born in Slovenia represented a majority of this community; nowadays, the leading role has been taken over by generation born in the USA, so the American-born descendants of emigrants represent more than ninety percent of the Slovenian emigrant community.
The exhibition To the Promised Land: Slovenian Women in the USA presents the history of emigration and settlement areas, the situation in certain Slovenian centres nowadays and the most important persons of the past and today. The common thread of the exhibition is a typical Slovenian emigrant story of a girl named Micka; she went into the world at the age of fourteen, and became Mary in the distant land.
The exhibition to be seen in the NUK Exhibition Room until November 26 2016, presents stories of some Slovenian women who gave the emigration story the character.