The Gottscheer in Slovenia – A German Language Enclave
More than 700 years ago, German speaking farmers from Carinthia and the Val Pusteria settled near the town of Ljublijana. Until shortly before WWII, more than 12 000 people practised their, in parts, original German language and culture. Hundreds of Gottscheer were killed or driven away during the wars of the 20th century. To this day, the few who remain and make up this small minority, are struggling to keep their language alive.
minet broadcast: 27.04.2009