|Death: ||May, 1945|
"Ivan Bastič, the mayor of Horjul who was murdered by the communists, was one of the most influential rural personalities in Slovenia. He was born in Vrzdenec in 1878. ... In 1910 he married Marjana Zdešar, the daughter of long-term Horjul Mayor Tomaž Zdešar, and moved to Ljubgojna. They had six sons and two daughters. In 1921 he was elected mayor of Horjul, in which position he remained until his death. ... In 1942 the local Italian commandant asked him whether three men from the municipality were communists. Bastič simply responded that all three were good farmers and good Catholics, even though he knew that they supported the communists ... A few weeks later the communists proclaimed Bastič a traitor. ... On the evening of 13 June 1942 at 10 pm the communists surrounded his house, broke in, and chased him and his wife Marijana from room to room. At 4 am the next morning both of them were taken about a kilometer from their home, tortured, and murdered. ... On this occasion the communists also completely plundered the Bastič home, taking all of their livestock, clothing, food, and kitchen equipment. ... All of the Bastič sons were killed during the occupation and communist revolution. The eldest, Ivan, died early. The second, Štefan, became a priest ... and was killed in a bomb attack. The third, Tone, ... was killed by a mine fragment. The fourth, Lojze ... the fifth, Pavle (a priest) ... and the youngest, Karel ... all fled to Carinthia. The British returned them from Viktring, handing them over to the communists, and all three were murdered. ... The two daughters are living in Canada."
Summarized from: Matija Škerbec. 1957. Krivda rdeče fronte, vol. 2. Cleveland: Author; Klagenfurt: Mohorjeva družba, pp. 28–30.
Janez (Ivan) Bastič (1878 - 1942)
Marjana Zdešar Bastič (1880 - 1942)
CENTER PANEL: "Symbolic grave. Forty-one fallen soldiers in the First World War 1914-1918 and hitherto suppressed victims of the communist revolution 1942-1945. Primarily men and young men from the Slovenian Home Guard, who fought for the bright ideals of God, Nation, and Homeland. They did not fall in battle; after the end of the war they were treacherously betrayed and murdered by their brothers' hands. ‘Mother, give me a word / A word of farewell / You're seeing me for the last time / I'll no longer return to you.' – France Balantič. 1994. Erected by the families of the victims and the parishioners of Horjul." RIGHT PANEL: "To you forgotten graves / Where no cross stands upon a stone / Which are not wreathed in flowers / Where no candle burns. – Simon Gregorčič."
Created by: Donald Reindl
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
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