Jun 062010
 

This idyllic image was taken just around the bend from Peršman farm, a place where the police battaillon 13 and the SS, the Nazi elite troup, committed one of their last crimes against the Slovene minority in Carinthia.

On April 25, 1945, only two weeks before the end of that bloody war, they killed a whole farmer’s family, 15 people, grandparents, parents, children, aunt, nephews and nieces. They were accused of having supported Slovenian partisans. Most likely they did, but what could they have done? This was partisan territory, and then, the partisans were Slovenes as well, and most important, theirs was a just cause. They were fighting one of the most terrible and bloody régimes that have ever marred the face of the earth.

Today here, in the re-erected main building of the farm, is a museum reminding us of that cruel time and of how hate ruled a country.

The Song of the Day is “Hate And War” from the debut album of The Clash. Hear it on YouTube.

  2 Responses to “1332 – Hate And War”

  1. Such a peaceful scene for such horrible crimes to have occurred, Andrea. Do you think humanity will every stop?

    • Well, I’m just reading Orson Scott Card’s “Homecoming” books, and there they’ve not stopped 40 million years in the future, and they could only make it that long, because a computer kept them from self-destruction 🙂

      Well, we see instances of peoples merging. It never happened peacefully, but if you look at what today’s Italians are, that’s a wild mixture of Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Langobardians, East Goths, West Goths, and whatever Germanic tribe rushed through. Today it’s just Italians. On the other hand, today the north hates the south and there are strong forces struggling for secession 😀

      I still have hope that the EU may fuse Europe together over the course of maybe 100 years, maybe 200, essentially making for United States of Europe, but the only chance for long-term peace is a world-government with strong delegation to regional units. Thus not some large countries and many small, but one overall Earth and many semi-autonomous regions of roughly the same head count. Or size. Or something in between.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.