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Peter Kozler or Kosler (16 February 1824 – 16 April 1879) was a Carniolan lawyer, geographer, cartographer, activist, and manufacturer. He was of an ethnic German origin, but identified himself with Slovene culture and advocated the peaceful coexistence of the Slovene and German cultures in Carniola.
Kozler was born in Koče, a village south of Kočevje in Gottschee County, in what was then the Austrian Kingdom of Illyria, and is now Slovenia. He is probably best known for creating the first map of Slovene Lands, called Zemljovid Slovenske dežele in pokrajin (Map of Slovene Lands and Provinces). Although it was made in 1848 and published only in 1861, it had a significant impact in the time of the Slovene national awakening.
Born in a relatively well-to-do family, Kozler made a fortune with beer manufacturing and was the founder of the Union Brewery. He gave large amounts of money to support Slovenian cultural associations and institutions. He was close to the conservative Old Slovene political movement.
Kozler died in Ljubljana.
The Kozlers also owned a mansion (Slovene: Kozlerjeva palača) in the center of Ljubljana, close to Congress Square and Čop Street, which was regarded as one of the finest baroque buildings in the city. The building was slated for demolition in 1956 and torn down by the Communist authorities in 1961 in order to widen the nearby street, which caused a public outcry and marked a milestone in the development of postwar urban development in Ljubljana. According an RTV interview with art historian Damjan Prelovšek (16 October 2006), trees now grow at the site of the former building, demonstrating that its demolition was a political decision and unnecessary in order to widen the street.
Kozler also owned a plot of land in the Ljubljana Marshes known as Kozler's Thicket (Slovene: Kozlerjeva gošča). During World War II, the plot was used as a mass grave for victims of the Slovenian Home Guard torturer and killer Franc Frakelj.
- Drnovšek, Marjan, France Rozman, & Peter Vodopivec. 1997. Slovenska kronika XX. stoletja: 1900–1941. Ljubljana: Nova revija, p. 264.
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