Cerkno


Just south of Cerkno in a shaft on a steep slope lies the remains of fourteen people suspected of being anti-communists. These had been murdered on February 6, 1944 by communist partisans in retaliation for an attack on a communist school in Cerkno just over a week earlier where 47 people died.

Current status: Preserved with monument (2022).

Location: 46°06'44.83"N 13°59'24.73"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The site is beautifully situated with views down the valley towards Cerkno. However, something inaccessible. There is a small memorial chapel with a crooked cross next to it. I don’t know why it’s deliberately skewed. From the chapel there is a small paved path that passes a monument before ending at the shaft with the remains. The path actually gives a sense of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. It is numbered from 1–14 (roman numerals), just like the Via Dolorosa there are fourteen stations you can stop at to pray on the way to Jesus’ crucifixion at Calvary. If that was the way it was intended here too, I let it be unsaid, but the thought struck me anyway.

Follow up in books: Pavlowitch, Steven: Hitler’s New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia (2008).