Slovenia Partisan Printing Shop
|Partizanska tiskarna Slovenija|
|Vojsko 64, SI-5280 Idrija|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 372 6600|
|Fax||386 (0) 5 377 3580|
|Managed by||Idrija Municipal Museum|
Printed propaganda of the partisan press played an important role in the resistance against the German occupation forces. The need for Slovenian written language was all the greater due to many years of Italian fascist pressures in Idrija and the surrounding areas. Partizanski dnevnik [Partisan's Daily] was the only daily newspaper in occupied Europe printed by a resistance organisation. It was published regularly until the end of the war in a daily edition of 4000 to 7000 copies. All together some 874,000 copies of the newspaper were distributed all around Slovenia via couriers who risked their lives.
Equipment and conspiracy
Supporters of the partisans bought an electric printing machine in Milan, dismantled it, and sent it secretly in parts to the Slovenia Partisan Printing Shop, in a chain of couriers so no connection between them could be established and nobody, except the last one in the chain, knew where the printing shop was. If by accident somebody came across the printing shop, the person had to remain there until the end of the war or be shot. Despite frequent armed struggles in the vicinity of the printing shop, the Germans never found it.
The complex has several cabins, an electrical power station, an engine room for printing, a kitchen, a canteen, a composing room, and a bookbindery. The printing machines can even still be operated.