The Gestapo ( Geheime Staatspolizei: “secret state police”) was the official secret police of Nazi Germany. Under the overall administration of the Schutzstaffel (SS), it was administered by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) (“head office of the reich security service”) and was considered a dual organization of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) (“security service”) and also a suboffice of...
The Liberation Front of the Slovenian People, established 26 April 1941 in Ljubljana as Anti-Imperialist Front, was the political organization of the Slovenian resistance to Axis occupation during World War II. The founding members were the Communist party of Slovenia, the Slovenian Christian Socialists, the Slovenian Sokol and a group of cultural workers. The Liberation Front proclaimed as its...
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Lasciapassare of Alenka Gerlovič during the Italian occupation of Ljubljana (Slovenia), 1941 - 1943
Alenka graduated in 1941 and became a painter. She was on vacation in Ljubljana when Germany attacked the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (6 April 1941). The Kingdom of Yugoslavia capitulated 17 days after Germany’s attack and this was a huge disappointment for Alenka. Ljubljana, situated in the Italian occupied zone, was the centre of the resistance movement and headquarters for Partisans. Following the arrest of her father in early 1944, she had to go into
underground. After four months in hiding, she left Ljubljana and joined the pa rtisans in the summer of 1944. She worked in the p artisans print, with graphics, leaflets, posters and propaganda. She was active as a cultural worker and created scenes for several plays. Alenka married Vito Globočnik, also a Partisan, but lost him soon after the war due to illness. The most beautiful day in her life was the day she returned to a liberated Ljubljana, on 9th May 1945. Alenka worked as a teacher of art up until her retirement, and since then has been painting landscapes.