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Resistance, Imprisonment, and Forced Labor

A Slovene Student in World War II


Metod M. Milac

Resistance, Imprisonment, and Forced Labor recalls the author’s struggle for survival as a prisoner and forced laborer following the Axis occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. He describes a dizzying and fateful journey during which he worked with both pro-Western and Partisan forces and was variously imprisoned by Italian Fascists at Rab and the Nazis at Auschwitz and elsewhere. A theme that emerges is that civilians were as much participants and victims of the war as those on the battlefield. The author also describes the forced repatriation of Yugoslavs to Tito’s forces by the British after the war and the tragic consequences.