Opposition in Slovenia after 1945


  • Aleš Gabrič


Slovenia, opposition, communism, Democratic Youth Alliance


In the paper, the author presents two different views on the strength of political opposition in Slovenia after 1945, The first, shaped by leading communist politicians after the war, claimed that there was no real opposition in Yugoslavia, apart from the "reactionist forces" which brought about the collapse of the first Yugoslavia. The second, however, which developed during the democratization period while the communist regime was gradually declining, spoke of a strong opposition which was allegedly suppressed under the terror of the communist secret police. After relativizing and putting into question both views, the author goes in search of those people in Slovenia who, through clearly expressed views, declared themselves for principles which were fundamentally different from those held by the ruling Communist Party. He concludes that, unlike Serbia and Croatia, there was very little in the way of opposition in Slovenia, ¡his was due not only to the secret police terror, which was equally applied throughout the country, but also to a different political development during the war.







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