District cyclostyle technique Kajuh


Monument to district technique Kajuh

The technique (si. Tehnika) Kajuh got its name after fallen poet Karel Destovnik Kajuh. It was a successor of partisan technique Skovik, from June 1944 it worked in Škale Cirkovci. To increase capacity, improve the supply with technical material, and for a better connection with courier lines, the members of the staff searched for a new location closer to Slovenj Gradec. They found the location on a steep slope west from the remains of castle Vodriž, where they moved in the first half of September 1944. Until the beginning of October, they built earth house from strong timber in size of 5 x 3.20 meters. It served until March 28th, 1945, and on that day the group of members of occupying armed forces accidentally discovered the house and started to bombard it. The staff of technique withdrew in time, they manage to save the entire inventory before immediate attack the next day. They built new and smaller earth houses on the hill Burc at Šmiklavž, where they operated until the end of the war.

Personnel of technique Kajuh in April 1945 in front of Marovšek homestead in Šmiklavž (standing Lojze Marzel-Vedrin, Franc Golog, Oto Kovač-Tonč – the leader of the hospital Lipa, Mile Hohnjec – the leader of technique, Ivan Lenart – commissary; sitting the sons of farmer Marovšek)
Personnel of technique Kajuh with locals on April 1945 in front of Marovšek homestead in Šmiklavž (standing Lojze Marzel-Verdin, Adolf Ošlovnik-Tone, farmer Marovšek, his daughter, his wife, and their son, cottage housewife Pepa, Pavla Flere-Bombica, Mile Hohnjec – leader of technique, crouching Ivan Lenart and Franc Golob)


In the time during the Second World War and occupation between the years 1941 – 1945, the leadership of the resistance in the frame of organization Liberation front (LF), gave great emphasis to the agitation and propaganda, especially to the printed word., as they were counting on mass incorporation into rebel activity. For this purpose, they established, in addition to regular major printing houses, many smaller secret printing houses. This small secret printing houses were in partisan jargon named technique. They worked in bunkers, usually in the forest and every one of them had a secret name. The staff of the technique was composed of the group of partisans, who had their assignments accurately distributed among their selves. The group had a leader, technical personnel, who worked directly on the preparation of printed matter and support staff, who took care of food, protection, and distribution of printed material. The equipment they used was modest, for example, battery operated radio, and with the help of it, they pursued the news from world battlefields, a typewriter that was used to prepare matrix and cyclostyle duplicating machine. They were duplicating radio news and leaflets, publications, circulars, newspapers, brochures, and songbooks. They got the material from other provinces and they reprinted it. When it came to the original, the content was prepared or approved by activists of LF (CPS – Communist Party of Slovenia). Occupying forces worked hard to discover and destroy techniques as propaganda centers of resistance, therefore the staff had to pay more close attention to securing and erasing traces and to inform about the danger, which was only possible to realize with the help of favored inhabitants. For security reasons, and because of the dangerous reasons (better accommodation options, and with that greater capacity), the locations were changed several times. Adaptation to work and life situations in secret bunkers demanded special resourcefulness and courage. In addition to field printing houses, also portable printing houses worked in the headquarters of partisan units. Also in Mislinja valley, which was included in district Pohorje, from September 1944 and until the end of the war into district Dravograd, the techniques emerged early. From November 1942 and until the end of the war, nine printing houses operated in different parts of the valley at different times, and from all techniques Sever on Pamečami and Sova in Mislinja ditch were military ones and belonged under the headquarters of 4th operative zone. Headquarters of Zidanšek brigade had its technique, which often retained and carried out actions in the area of Mislinja valley.


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