Slovene partisan monuments on Geopedia
Partisan memorial is a general term for memorial plaques, obelisks, monuments, statues and similar objects erected after World War II to commemorate fallen partisans and hostages shot. They appear at various sites: at the site of battles, partisan camps, the occupier's prisons, at the sites of the occupier's terror, at illegal hospitals, at courier stations and gateways, at meetings, and at other historical events during the Second World War.
Partisan memorials are a part of the commemorative memorials of the Second World War. They are located in areas of partisan warfare in Europe, the most common in the Balkans (in the countries of the former Yugoslavia and Albania), Poland, Ukraine and Russia, and are a historical cultural specificity of these places.
There are over 7500 partisan memorials in Slovenia, a selection of about 2700 of them is taken into account by the national Register of Cultural Heritage, and they are collected in the Partisan Monuments layer of the Partisan Monuments project on Geopedia, the Slovene interactive map. They are scattered throughout the territory of Slovenia, in the territory inhabited by Slovenes in neighbouring countries, and elsewhere abroad.
We are building the Register of Partisan Monuments because no one else has. The last attempts in this direction are 50 years old and no longer correspond to the actual situation on the ground. The catalogue should be in electronic form, publicly accessible and open to constant updating and correction. The precise geographical location is important, hence the platform of the Geopedia online map. The collection raises awareness of a part of the Slovenian cultural and monumental landscape that has been neglected since 1991. The accurate record will allow for the systematic maintenance of the monuments, the regulation of their status, and above all, it will remind us of the participation of our ancestors in the resistance against fascism and Nazism, and will encourage us to reflect on what to do if we find ourselves again in a similar critical situation to that of the Second World War. The existence of the collection reinforces respect for the victims of the Second World War and reduces the possibility of vandalising memorials.
How to participate
To participate, you need to register on Geopedia (https://www.geopedia.world) and request editing rights. Before editing, please read the instructions on the homepage. Clicking on the blue star on the map will open the monument to add a photo or description, correct its location or record its removal. Click on the red asterisk to complete and correct information for existing monuments. Click on the green drop in the legend to start adding a hitherto unrecorded memorial to the map, especially family gravestones that say "fallen", "died in internment", etc.
To participate in the project, you need a computer with an internet connection. Familiarity with the online map Geopedia is required, as well as familiarity with the tools used to find or record coordinates in the field. Some colleagues who do not wish to use a computer prefer to search for literature on commemorated events and people. Other search for, visit and photograph monuments in the field, and record testimonies from local people. Most of them do this by car, some by bicycle.
Funding bodies: Muzej novejše zgodovineZdruženje zveze borcev za vrednote NOB
Most of the participants of the project live in different places in Slovenia, but there are also individuals from other countries.