Podstenice

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Podstenice
Podstenice
Podstenice
Podstenice is located in Slovenia
Podstenice
Podstenice
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°42′58.97″N 15°0′55.9″E / 45.7163806°N 15.015528°E / 45.7163806; 15.015528Coordinates: 45°42′58.97″N 15°0′55.9″E / 45.7163806°N 15.015528°E / 45.7163806; 15.015528
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Lower Carniola
Statistical region Southeast Slovenia
Municipality Dolenjske Toplice
Area
 • Total 50.06 km2 (19.33 sq mi)
Elevation 578.9 m (1,899.3 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4
[1]

Podstenice (German: Steinwand)[2] is a settlement in the Municipality of Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia. It was inhabited by Gottschee Germans. At the start of the Second World War its population was expelled and in 1942 the village was burned to the ground. The area is part of the historical region of Lower Carniola. The municipality is now included in the Southeast Slovenia statistical region.[3]

Church[edit]

The local church was dedicated to Saint Ulrich and was an 18th-century building.[4]

Mass graves[edit]

Podstenice is the site of three known mass graves associated with the Second World War. The Rog Road Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče ob Roški cesti), also known as the Pocket Cave Mass Grave (Grobišče Žepna jama), is located on the left side of the road from Podturn pri Dolenjskih Toplicah to Kočevje. It contains the remains of civilian and military prisoners transported from prisons in Novo Mesto.[5] The Rugar Slopes Cave Mass Grave (Grobišče Jama v Rugarskih klancih) is located on rocky terrain in a woods on the northern slope of a heavily karstified hill in a valley east of Mount Rog, 40 m south of Rog Road, in forest section 65 of the Poljane forest unit. It contains the remains of political opponents of the Yugoslav Partisan movement, Home Guard members and other soldiers subordinate to German forces that were murdered after the war, and possibly civilian victims as well.[6] The Double Shaft by Cink Cross Mass Grave (Grobišče Dvojno brezno pri Cink križu) is located at the crossroads to Cink on the road from Podstenice. The opening is 21 m long, starting below an old beech grove and continuing along a fence. It contains the remains of members of the Home Guard and other armed groups subordinate to the German forces that were murdered after the Second World War.[7][8][9] The bottoms of both shafts are covered by large rocks that fell there from the surface and the entryways to the shafts were dynamited.[10] The grave site is registered as cultural heritage.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Ferenc, Mitja. 2007. Nekdanji nemški jezikovni otok na kočevskem. Kočevje: Pokrajinski muzej, p. 4.
  3. ^ Dolenjske Toplice municipal site
  4. ^ "EŠD 2795". Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage (in Slovene). Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Rog Road Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)
  6. ^ Rugar Slopes Cave Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)
  7. ^ Double Shaft by Cink Cross Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)
  8. ^ Komisija za reševanje vprašanj prikritih grobišč. 2008. Poročilo Komisije vlade Republike Slovenije za reševanje vprašanj prikritih grobišč: 2005-2008. Ljubljana, Družina, p. 1897.
  9. ^ Mlakar, Boris. 2003. Slovensko domobranstvo, 1943-1945: ustanovitev, organizacija, idejno ozadje. Ljubljana: Slovenska matica, p. 519.
  10. ^ Žohar, Saša. 2008. Prostorska problematika urejanja Kočevskega Roga na primeru urejanja kraških brezen kot prikritih grobišč. pp. 28-29. Bachelor's thesis. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography.
  11. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 8683

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