The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and his Italian counterpart, Sergio Matarella, will attend the signing of the document on July 13th in Trieste, with which Narodni dom (National home) will become the property of the Slovenian national community in Italy again, and they will also lay wreaths at the monument to the heroes of Bazovik and at the memorial on Bazoviška foiba. Tanja Fajon, a Member of the European Parliament, and the new head of the Social Democrats saw Pahor’s conciliatory actions as an opportunity to incite class hatred. Prime Minister Janez Janša pointed this out, and Fajon responded with unfounded accusations. According to historian Stane Granda, it is clear that the SD party, which is the legal successor of the League of Communists of Slovenia, would react harshly to the mention of foibas, as the massacres were carried out by their people. According to Granda, Slovenians have nothing to apologize for – instead, the SD party should apologize.
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and his Italian counterpart, Sergio Matarella, will attend the signing of the document on July 13th in Trieste, with which Narodni dom will become the property of the Slovenian national community in Italy. Before that, they will also lay wreaths at the monument to the heroes of Bazovik and at the memorial on Bazoviška foiba, Slovenian press agency reports. The return of Narodni dom to the Slovenian minority will be a symbolic act of reconciliation in the spirit of Europe and will be of great importance for the relations between Slovenia and Italy in the future. Today, Pahor and Mattarella have confirmed the programme of the meeting, which will jointly mark the 100th anniversary of the burning of Narodni dom, and its return to the Slovenian national community.
Fajon attacked Pahor and used his conciliatory actions to incite class hatred
The conciliatory actions of the President have greatly upset the MEP, who is also the new head of the Social Democrats, Tanja Fajon, who wrote the following on Twitter: ”Unfortunately, Borut Pahor’s actions will open old wounds of many people in the Primorska (coastal) region and abroad, due to the events in the past. Especially as we are aware of the fact that the Italian side is constantly trying to alter historical facts. And that the leader of the League (Lega Nord – Northern League), Salvini, is also supposed to be there. His actions will also devalue the return of Narodni dom.”
Prime Minister Janez Janša responded to Fajon’s completely unacceptable response, pointing out that Fajon was trying to incite class hatred with it: “Mrs. Tanja Fajon is inciting genuine class hatred by attacking the important reconciliation actions of her predecessor at the leading position in the SD party.” As Janša also pointed out, this is the lowest level of treachery, which has led to a schism among Slovenians, and the worst disasters in the history of our nation so far.
It did not take long before Fajon responded to Janša with stupid and unfounded ideological platitudes: “The falsification of history shows your insincerity in paying homage to all the victims. The insincerity is also evident when it comes to the state ceremony, where you are dividing people into “us” and “them.” By trying to bring everyone together, you will do the most for Slovenia.”
The SD party’s response is the harshest, as the massacres were carried out by their people
Historian Stane Granda, Ph.D., recently commented on the attitude of the SD party, who is the legal successor of the League of Communists of Slovenia, towards foibas, for Nova24TV: “It is perfectly clear that their response is the harshest, as their people are the ones who carried out the massacres. For example, they have never distanced themselves from Boris Kraigher, and they are the ones most under attack in this regard.”
Granda believes that us, Slovenians, do not have to apologize for foibas, but instead, the SD party should do it: “Us, Slovenians as a nation, have nothing to apologize for when it comes to the massacres, and the Republic of Slovenia should not apologize either, but this party should apologize, they should bow their heads and say: mea culpa. This was their daily work and the foibas are only a larger variation of what they are now discovering in the Goriška region, where there was no revolution, but they also murdered ‘dangerous’ people.”
The massacres were not carried out based on nationality or ethnicity, but rather, on the basis of class. Numerous victims of Slovenian and Croatian descent can be found in the foibas, including five victims of Jewish descent from Gorizia.
Under Fajon’s leadership, the radicalization of the party had further accelerated
“I am glad that we have a President of the Republic and a Prime Minister who are acting in a state-forming manner. And are not letting others get in the way of that. It saddens me that the largest opposition party is led by a journalist who believes that leading and writing angry, ideological opinions, are one and the same,” Tomaž Štih wrote in his response to Fajon on Twitter.
Instead of offering an alternative program to try to ensure the well-being of the citizens, the SD party prefers to score political points by dividing the nation and inciting class hatred, and their only programme point remains “anti-Janšaism.” Under Fajon, the radicalization of the party has apparently only accelerated.