SEPTEMBER 8, 1943 – THE SURRENDER OF ITALY AND SLOVENIA — with Dr. Vladimir Rus

7:00 PM – Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue, Euclid, Ohio The Slovenian-American Heritage Foundation invites all to attend the fifth talk in our 2014 Lecture Series.  The Foundation is extremely pleased that Dr. Vladimir Rus will present a discussion on how Italy’s surrender from World War II impacted the future of Slovenia. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, November 11, at 7:00 PM in the Lower Hall of the Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue in Euclid.  A coffee and strudel social will follow the lecture.

On September 8, 1943, the Armistice of Cassibile, between the Kingdom of Italy and the Allies, was made public.  The armistice was signed at a conference of generals from both sides in an Allied military camp at Cassibile in Sicily. The armistice presented the total capitulation of Italy from World War II and had a significant impact on events in Slovenia.  In his presentation, Dr. Rus will provide an eyewitness’s account of the confused situation that allowed for a temporary control by the communist-led partisans leading to their cruel liquidation of any actual and potential opponents in Slovenia.

Dr. Rus is a founding trustee of the Slovenian-American Heritage Foundation and is a 2012 inductee to the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  Dr. Rus was born in Rijeka, Croatia and came to the United States in 1951.  Dr. Rus holds a Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of Trieste, Master’s Degree in Slavic Languages from the University of Michigan and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Anthony W. Hiti, President Slovenian American Heritage Foundation (216) 696-3460 x 306

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