The Role and Significance of the Study Section of the Regional National Liberation Committee for Primorska and Trieste (1945-1946)
The Study Section of the Regional National Liberation Committee (RNLC) for the Slovenian Littoral and Trieste operated from Summer 1945 to the end of 1946. The Section cooperated with the Department for Border Issues from Ljubljana, directed by Lojze Ude, and with the Institute for the Study of International Issues, with Fran Zwitter as Research Secretary, in the preparation of a series of detailed reports, brochures and books originating from 1945 and 1946, which were to be used as material evidence to support claims for the annexation of Primorska (the Slovenian Littoral) and Trieste to Yugoslavia. In Autumn 1946, for the occasion of the visit to Primorska by an international commission of experts for border issues, the Section prepared two exhibitions, made arrangements for the reception of the commission in the places it intended to visit, cooperated with another commission in the population census and, as a crown, helped in the preparation of a RNLC memorandum which was handed to the members of the border commission on March 12, 1946. That year, the Study Section was gradually renamed the Institute for the Study of the Julian March and Trieste.
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