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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE / PARTISAN UNDERGROUND WWII PRINTING: Slovenski Pionir [Slovenian Pioneer]

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This exceedingly rare ephemeral propaganda mimeographed magazine for small children was printed by an underground Slovenian partisan press during WWII.   

 

8°. 16 pp. mimeographed text with the illustrations, original illustrated blue wrappers, stapled (soft vertical fold, wrappers with light staining and a small loss of a corner on the rear cover, the crosswords on the last page filled out, but overall in a good condition).

 

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This exceedingly rare ephemeral mimeographed magazine for small children was printed by an underground Slovenian partisan press during WWII. The illustrated articles with anti-Nazi, pro-partisan propaganda include reports, allegedly written by brave children, who were imprisoned and threatened by the Germans, were bravely writing anti-collaborator paroles on the walls and morbidly poisoned a dog in the service of the Nazi guards.

The magazine was published at the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, May 1st, and after the firs local gathering of the Partisan youth in April.

The last article announced the approaching of the Red Army from the East, which gave the partisans great hope for the liberation in the following months.

The magazine was issued monthly from August 1943 until February 1945 under titles Slovenski Pionir, Pionir and Gorenjski Pionir. It was printed by various regional clandestine presses and on movable mimeograph machines.

The magazine is exceedingly rare. We could find separate issues in four Slovenian institutions with possibly only the National and University Library in Ljubljana holding the complete series and this April issue (the series is listed under the title Gorenjski Pionir; OCLC 444625235).

References: Bibliografija 1964, No. 8950.

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