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Partisan printworks Slovenia

Vojsko, 5280 Idrija
tel.: 00 386 5 372 66 00, faks: 00 386 5 377 35 80

 


Partisan printworks Slovenia - presentation

Would you like the caretaker to print a souvenir leaflet for you on the old printing press?

During the national liberation struggle, the partisan press played an important connecting role. It propagated armed resistance against the occupying forces and represented a counterweight to widespread enemy propaganda. The need for the Slovene written language was all the greater due to many years of fascist pressures in the Primorska (coastal) region.

The largest and technically best equipped partisan printing shop in the Primorska region was the Slovenia printing shop. Following the advice of a local inhabitant, a secret location was selected for the printing shop below the edge of the 1000-metre-high Vojsko plateau above the Kanomljica River valley. In the summer of 1944, the cabins were assembled at the sawmill in Gačnik, and then the numbered beams and boards were transported to the selected location at night. The facilities included an engine room, kitchen and dining room, composing room, bookbindery and an electric plant for supplying power to the printing press with an electric motor. The colleagues of partisan pressmen bought a large, modern electric fast-printing press in Milano and, despite many dangers, illegally transported it to Gorica and then to Vojščica. Here the press was disassembled and carried part-by-part and with great difficulty into the engine room of the printing shop. A smaller, TIGL printing press was also purchased.

The Slovenia Printing Shop began to operate on 17 September 1944, and the next morning 4000 copies of the Partisan Daily were already dispatched via the courier relay station at Hum. This was the only daily newspaper in occupied Europe to be printed by a resistance movement. It was published regularly until the end of the war in a daily edition of 4000 to 7000 copies. 40 to 50 persons worked in the printing shop, which operated until 1st May 1945. During its operation, a total of 313 various issues were printed on 1274 pages and in 1,394,000 copies. The engraver made a considerable number of linocuts, and cut as many as 56 different stamps into linoleum or lead with more than 450 specimens.

The printing shop was never discovered by the Germans, not even during their last offensive in the spring of 1945, when fierce battles raged in the direct vicinity of the printing shop and as many as 305 partisan soldiers fell under enemy fire at the above-lying Vojščica. Today, the Slovenia Printing Shop is preserved in its entirety as a cultural and historical monument, and has been open to visitors since 1947. Its printing presses are still operational.

Opening hours:
from 15th of april to 15th of october,  daily from 9.00 to 16.00

Information and group bookings:
tel.: +386 5 37 26 600
fax: +386 5 37 73 580
e-mail: tajnistvo@muzej-idrija-cerkno.si

Admission: / person
Adults – € 4.00
Children – € 3.00

The Partisan Printing Shop is most easily accessible along the 14 km-long road from Idrija to Vojsko, from which two roads lead to the printing shop. The first road runs in the direction of Vojščica (partisan cemetery from 1945) and, after a distance of 2 km, branches off in the direction of the printing shop. This road is also accessible for buses. A 20 minutes' walk from the parking area to the printing shop leads along a steep descending footpath. The other road runs from Vojsko in the direction of the homestead at Hum. Just before the homestead, the road branches off to the left onto a forest road in the direction of the printing shop. A 5 minutes' walk along an ascending footpath leads to the printing shop. This road is accessible only for cars. Appropriate footwear is recommended (sport shoes, hiking shoes).

The coordinates of the location:
46.034642,13.899457

 


 




 


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