Slovenes Around the World - Slovenes in Germany
Date of issue: 13.11.2020
Motive: Slovenes Around the World - Slovenes in Germany
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheets of 25 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 42.60 x 29.82 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
Slovenes in Germany
Among the oldest areas in Germany to have been a destination for Slovene emigrants is the coal mining and industrial Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Large-scale emigration to this region took place in the 1880s, with Slovenes finding employment as miners and ironworkers and settling in workers’ colonies.
Many Slovenes returned home during the economic crisis of 1929–1933, but Germany still accepted seasonal and specialised workers. Despite the activities of Slovene clubs and societies and the presence of Slovene spiritual and pastoral care, Germanisation was a relatively widespread phenomenon. After the end of the Second World War, Slovenes once again began emigrating to Germany to seek temporary work, particularly from 1965 onwards. They found work in Munich, Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, Ulm, Stuttgart and the Berlin area. They were active in numerous Slovene clubs and societies and there were also several Catholic priests among them. Slovene language lessons were also provided with great success.
In 1991 Slovene members of the business community founded an association in Stuttgart with the aim of developing economic ties between Slovenia and Germany. The many years of fruitful cooperation are also illustrated by this stamp bearing the symbols of the two countries: an oak leaf for Germany and a linden or lime tree leaf for Slovenia.