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Families in Flight: The Journey of Slovenian Children to Minnesota After World War II
This is a presentation on Minnesota’s forgotten history hosted by the St. Louis County Historical Society and the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance. In the aftermath of World War II, thousands of refugee families resettled in Minnesota from refugee camps in Europe. Among these displaced persons were Slovenian children who had been uprooted from their homes or born in the camps. For the first time, these youngest emigrants, now grown up, share their first-hand accounts of starting new lives with their families in Minnesota.
Find out about their challenges of growing up in refugee camps or growing up in America while maintaining their Slovenian culture. The presenters live in Duluth, the Iron Range and the Twin Cities and will be joined by Slovenian nationals in the Republic of Slovenia as well as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Slovenia in St. Paul.
The discussion will be moderated by Joe Valencic, historian and filmmaker.
Rare first-hand accounts of Slovenian children resettling from internment camps in Austria to locations in North and South America will be presented by:
- Frank Bucar, born in an internment camp in Austria
- Frank Medved, lived as child in an internment camp
- Miro Medved, Honorary Slovenian Consul, Twin Cities
- John Zakelj, translator of his father’s camp diaries
- Dr. Mirjam Milharcic Hladnick, Slovenian Migration Institute
- Honorable Andrej Rode and Monika Rode, Republic of Slovenia
There will also be a screening of Meje (Borders), a short film on refugee families in flight through Slovenia by director Damjan Kozole.
A reception follows the presentations with entertainment by the Singing Slovenes.
For more information call Kathleen Cargill at the St. Louis County Historical Society, 218-733-7586.