Miran Jarc

Miran Jarc

Miran Jarc was Slovenian poet, dramatist, writer, translator and publicist, born on July 5th 1900 in Črnomelj, he died on August 24th 1942 in Pugled pri Starem Logu. He was also known by his nickname Janez Suhi.

The family, of which parents worked as officials, moved to Novo mesto, where Miran Jarc visited high school. In times of First World War he suffered a mental shock, as his classmates, among them also his best friend Božidar Jakac, were going to the front. But he could not do that due to his weak body. After finishing high school he went to Zagreb to study Slavistics, French and philosophy. He continued his studies in Ljubljana when Ljubljana University was established. His entire family also moved to Ljubljana. After the death of his father the family was having a hard time surviving, so Miran contributed all of his savings into family budget. Soon he left his studies and started to work in Ljubljana credit bank.

In year 1934 he married his cousin Zinka, who soon gave birth to his first daughter Eka, also Rezika. Two years later they had another daughter Marija. About them he wrote in his diary, in it he also touches the current questions of that time, about expectations of war and war times. June 28th 1942 he was arrested by Italian occupier, they appointed him for internment into concentration camp Gonars. During his transport to the camp he was rescued by Partisans at Verd, so he joined Partisan labourer battalion, soon he was promoted among members of the committee of Liberation front (si. Osvobodilna fronta) and cultural workers. His life ended two months later during Roška offensive.

He started to write when he was a high school student, at that time he started with Anthroposophies – it is an idea, that human can intuitively meets supernatural forces. He met with Buddhism, but later decided for Christianity. In his time he wrote prose, poems, dramatic attempts, essays and reviews. In Slovenian marionette theatre of Milan Klemenčič he participated as actor, author and violinist. In year 1918 his first poem Evening conversation (si. Večerni pogovor) was published in Ljubljanski zvon (en. Ljubljana bell). In year 1920 he prepared the poetry collection Secret pilgrim (si. Skrivnostni romar), the collection was published in year 1927 in self-publishing with title Human and night (si. Človek in noč). The collection is considered as one of the main work of Slovenian expressionism. Between year 1922 and 1935 he participated at magazines and newspapers Ljubljanski zvon (en. Ljubljana bell), Dom in svet (en. Home and world), Mladika (en. Sprout), Književni glasnik (en. Literary messenger), Križ na gori (en. Cross on the mountain) and Mentor (en. Tutor). He was also a translator into many different languages, he wrote reviews and reports about various literatures.

After him the street in Črnomelj, Dob and Novo mesto, as well as two primary schools are named, primary school Miran Jarc Črnomelj and primary school Miran Jarc in Ljubljana. After him also Cultural society Miran Jarc Škocjan is named with a seat in Domžale and library Miran Jarc Novo mesto.

In library in Novo mesto they uncovered his busty statue on April 14th 1956, of which author is Jakob Savinšek. Second busty statue was uncovered on February 6th 2010 in primary school in Črnomelj, of which author is academic sculptor Jožef Vrščaj.

In Stari Log the Society for maintaining of Partisan graveyards in Rog erected the monument for him in year 2002 on graveyard, two years later by the initiative of professor Jožef Škufca and Marija and Jože Staniš in Stari Log in burned village Pugled. It was placed on the place, where Jarc or Janez Suhi has fallen. They placed wooden board with inscription about his death. In Stari Log memorial plaque for Miran Jarc is located, it was erected on September 13th 1952 by Society of Slovenian writers, but it was removed due to the renovation.


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