»THE PECULIAR THING ABOUT DREAMS IS THEY SOMETIMES COME TRUE«
Overview of Slovenian Independence Idea
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the plebiscite for independent Slovenia, the National and University Library offers an online exhibition of the library material unfolding an overview of the Slovenian independence idea. The exhibition presents memories of aspirations and activities for the independence, which present a part of the nation’s rich written cultural heritage and memory.
We linked them into the phrase “The peculiar thing about dreams is they sometimes come true”. Without dreams, ideas and actions for an independent Slovenian state, we would never have achieved it. The sentence said by Professor Oton Muhr in the 1950s, voices his unconditional belief in his dreams. It also reflects views of many individuals and groups who were thinking about, and acted towards an independent Slovenia. They saved visions on paper, between book covers, and wrote them in newspapers and journals.
The exhibition subtitled The Overview of the Slovenian Independence Idea presents almost 150 years of our history. From the first clearly expressed idea of united Slovenes in the spring of nations in 1848, through the first clearly written thought about independent Slovenia in 1941, and the development of independence idea among Slovenian emigrants, the exhibition leads us to the eighties of the last century, when the idea of independence gained its wings in Slovenia. It led to a series of events that thirty years ago resulted in the plebiscite of December 23, 1990 - by a large majority, we endorsed the legitimacy of Slovenia's millennial dreams.
Six months later, on June 25, 1991, the independent Slovenia was born.
»SANJE IMAJO TO ČUDNO LASTNOST, DA SE VČASIH URESNIČIJO«
pregled slovenske osamosvojitvene misli
Author: Helena Janežič, NUK
Graphic design: Maj Blatnik, NUK
Ljubljana, December 2020
On behalf of the National and University Library: Viljem Leban, Director