Janez Krek's Youth Organization

  • Ervin Dolenc


The article describes a cultural youth organization belonging to the left wing of the Slovene Catholic Party and/or its workers union of the Yugoslav Trade Alliance since its foundation in 1922 until its forced dissolution in 1933. In the period following the years 1928, the organization's activities extended well beyond its initial scope. Through its radical socio-political programme Krek's Youth Organization caused major difference of opinion among Catholic Slovenes, and within the Christian socialist movement it represented the ideological vanguard. The organization was in charge of almost one third of all cultural events and performances prepared by Slovene workers' dilettante cultural societies; at the same time, it was one of the there major political groups, following immediately a similar Marxist organization when their power and influence are compared.