The story of Partisan Hospital Franja – A Monument of humanity

The story of the Franja Partisan Hospital goes back to the turbulent times of the Second World War. A resilient resistance movement was formed in Slovenia, characterised by a well-structured healthcare system that included several secret partisan hospitals. Among them, the famous “Franja” stands out, located in the inaccessible Pasice Gorge near Cerkno, in Dolenji Novaki.

Originally, wounded partisans were treated on a nearby farm. But when the risks escalated, a local farmer named Janez Peternelj led Dr Viktor Volčjak to the hidden location in the Pasice Gorge. As a result, the first wooden hut was built to house the first wounded, who arrived on 23 December 1943.

Franja operated with extreme caution so as not to be discovered by the enemy. The wounded were brought secretly, often blindfolded and especially at night, from the nearby farm to the safety of the hospital. Around 700 people of various nationalities, including around 100 from countries other than Slovenia, were treated in Franja. Today, visitors can take a one-hour hike to explore the carefully restored museum surrounded by nature, which commemorates this important chapter in history.

Why is it regenerative?

This story preserves and commemorates the history of resistance and healthcare during the Second World War. Offers an educational museum experience in a natural setting.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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