Katja Boh

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Katja Boh (1929–2008) was a Slovenian sociologist, diplomat and politician.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born in a wealthy middle class family in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now the capital of Slovenia). Her father was an Austrian Jew who had converted to Roman Catholicism, her mother was Slovene. During World War II, she was imprisoned by the Nazis. In 1946 she got engaged to Ljubo Sirc who later became a famous economist.[1] The same year, however, Sirc was imprisoned by the Communist regime and trialed at the so-called Nagode trial. Due to Sirc's long confinement and later exile, their engagement failed. She had 2 stepchildren (Maja and Ali Boh)and a daughter Katja Boh - Cerjak from her marriage to dr. Boh.

She studied sociology at the University of Ljubljana and obtained her PhD in 1974. She dedicated herself to the study of family patterns, becoming one of the leading European experts in the field.

Involvement in politics[edit]

A decided supporter of human rights and political pluralism, she became involved in politics during the Slovenian spring in the 1980s. She was among the co-founders of the Slovenian Social Democratic Party in 1989, together with Jože Pučnik, Matjaž Šinkovec and France Tomšič.

After the victory of the DEMOS coalition in the first free elections in Slovenia in April 1990, she became the Minister for Health in Lojze Peterle's cabinet. She remained in office until 1991, when she was appointed as the first Slovenian ambassador to Austria. She remained in Vienna until 1997 when she retired. She remained an advisor to the Slovenian Democratic Party, and was one of the co-authors of the party's programm on social issues for the 2004 parliamentary elections.

She was also an active member of the International Paneuropean Union.

She died in August 2008 in Ljubljana and was buried in the Žale cemetery.

Major works[edit]

  • Changing Patterns of European Family Life (co-author, New York - London, 1990).
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives on Families, Work, and Change (together with Giovanni Sgretta, New York - London, 1989).
  • Ženske in diskriminacija ("Women and Discrimination", co-author; Ljubljana, 1986).

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Ljubo Sirc, Med Titom in Hitlerjem (Ljubljana: DZS, 1992)