On the night of the 24th June in 1942 in the southern region of Slovenia a family home was raided by communist partisans. A father, a mother, 3 of their sons and their youngest daughter were tied together, taken into the forest and murdered.
71 years and 4 days later I was taken to the very spot in the Slovenian hillside and heard the 15 year old girl account first hand how she untied herself, deflected the bullet aimed at her head with her arm then how her father fell on top of her, dead. She told me how the partisans heard the Italian army coming closer so fled - presuming the entire family to be dead. She told me how she ran through the forest, ever sure a bullet would get her in the back. She told me how she was rescued by the Italian army and reunited with her elder sister. Her elder sister had been locked in a basement of a house by the partisans and the house set alight.
My great aunt is 86 now. She outlived her elder sister, my grandmother who died in 1997.
"Nothing in your life will ever be as hard as what this woman went through." Janez Dernulc, my daddy, told me through his tears.
Puts it all into perspective really.