Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation

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AKA NameSlovak National Day, Dan upora proti okupatorju
Hashtags#ResistanceDDay
2020 Date27 April 2020
2021 Date27 April 2021
Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation

Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation History

Day of Uprising Against Occupation, also known as Resistance Day, commemorates the establishment of the Liberation Front in 1941. On 6 April 1941, Slovenia, then a part of Yugoslavia, was occupied by Nazi Germany and then by the fascist regimes of Italy and Hungary. Later that month, on 26 April 1941, in response to foreign occupation, Slovenia formed the Liberation Front of the Slovene Nation. The Liberation Front became an army against the fascist regimes.

Day of Uprising Against Occupation is celebrated annually 27 April, the day after the Liberation Front was founded. It has been celebrated officially as Resistance Day since Slovenia's independence in 1991.

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Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation Facts & Quotes

  • When WW2 ended, the Liberation Front helped form the Socialist Alliance of the Working People of Slovenia.
  • The Liberation Front's leader was Boris Kidric.
  • The Liberation Front was formed inside the home of Josip Vidmar, a literary critic who lived in the nation's capital of Ljubljana.
  • On 16 April 1941, 10 days after Nazi Germany first invaded Slovenia, Yugoslav authorities surrendered in Belgrade.
  • Homeland is one
    Given to all
    And one is life
    And one is death
    - Oton Zupanicic, famed Slovenian poet

Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the official celebration in the capital of Ljubljana. A moment of silence is observed for the fallen in the war and high-standing political officials make public speeches.
  • Head to Medana's Local Celebration which coincides with the day. There is music, dance, food and commemorative activities.
  • Indulge in a traditional Slovenian feast with your friends and family. Include typical dishes such as potica, struklji, idrija zlikrofi, prekmurska gibanica and bosman.
  • Generate awareness on social media using hashtags such as #AgaisntOccupation, #Slovenia and #LiberationFront.
  • Watch a documentary about Slovenia and Yugoslavia during the Second World War. Some of our favourites include: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in World War II, War In the Balkans and Tito's Murder Squads.

Slovenia Day of Uprising Against Occupation - References and Related Sites

www.hf.uio.no: April Slovenia
www.cultures-of-history.uni-jena.de: 70th Anniversary of Slovenia

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