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DLAN BERE is a  project cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and is aimed at improving the language skills and reading literacy of people with deafblindness.

As part of this project in the July the workshop was devoted to the partisan lyrics of the young poet Karel Destovnik – Kajuh.

In his short life, he was shot in the Second World War, and died at  his young age at only 22 years. He published quite a few poems, where he intertwines the theme of combat with the motifs of love, family and death.

We discussed about his songs and the circumstances in which they were written. Drobna pesem, Bosa pojdiva, Samo en cvet, Pesem XIV. divizije were popular among people, as they are simple, melodic and direct. Especially because within those poems he connects his love for the nation with his deep relationship with his mother. It also reminds us of Cankar.

We read the poem “Materi padlega partizana” (To Mother of a Fallen Partisan), where he shows his love for his homeland and his mother. The poem ends with a famous quote: “It’s nice, you know, mother, it’s nice to live, but what I died for, I’d like to die again”.

Kajuh teaches us to respect every person who is ready to die, not out of hatred, but out of love.

Most of the people with deafblindness had never heard of the poet, so the presentation of the poet broadened their knowledge of Slovenian literature.

At the link below, you can check your knowledge in a short quiz about knowing Karel Destovnik Kajuh.

Kratek kviz Karel Destovnik