Cultural silence

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Cultural silence (Slovene: kulturni molk) was the boycott, ordered in January 1942 by the Slovene Liberation Front (OF),[1] of all cultural activities and events connected with the occupation of Slovenia, because the occupational authorities limited or forbade cultural activities in Slovene. It was symbolically announced at a concert in the Union Auditorium in Ljubljana with the popular song Linden Tree Became Green (Lipa zelenela je). After the capitulation of Italy in 1943, it meant a complete stop to all cultural activity outside the OF.[2]

On 23 January 1943, it was breached by the Academy of Sciences and Arts[how?].[1] In 1944, 110 anticommunist authors published the almanac Help in the Winter (Zimska pomoč) in protest against the policy.[2] The cultural silence postponed the release of the 1941 documentary film O, Vrba until August 1945.


  1. ^ a b "Akademija znanosti in umetnosti kršila kulturni molk" (in The Academy of Sciences and Arts Has Breached the Cultural Silence). 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Klemenčič, Matjaž. Žagar, Mitja (2004). "Histories of the Individual Yugoslav Nations". The former Yugoslavia's diverse peoples: a reference sourcebook. ABC-Clio, Inc. p. 180.