26 / 2007
Marjan Drnovšek

Krek’s Westphalian Letters: religious-moral, national-cultural and political views, and emigration


Besides social-economic factors, Krek in his letters primarily emphasised activities of Catholic Church in Germany and inclusion of Slovenian immigrants into its organisation from a religious viewpoint. In various “programmes” he pointed out the tasks that await Slovenian churchgoers in Germany and mostly those who remained in the homeland. Cultural and national affiliations are being emphasised, but always in connection to religious life (societies, books, newspapers, emigrant priests, morality). He did not avoid extensive reflections on political life in Germany as compared to Austria.

KEYWORDS: Slovenians in Germany, religious and cultural life of emigrants, Bismarck, Judaism, liberalism, social democracy.

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