Spoils of war: the tragic history of the Istrians

One of the many little-known stories of grief provoked by World War II is that of the Istrian people, who were the victims of international politics, ideology and (purposeful) forgetfulness in the aftermath of the war. Since 2004, however, Italy has celebrated their place in national history and culture on February 10.

Istria is a relatively small peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, east of Italy and now belonging mostly to Croatia and partly to Slovenia. While Italy gained political independence and unity only in 1861, a feeling of national identity was widespread for centuries, mostly because of the lingering influence of Roman culture and the Latin language.



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