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country of citizenship:
Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
language of expression: Slovene
educated at: University of Zagreb, University of Ljubljana
occupation: poet, writer, playwright, opinion journalist, translator, essayist, critic, partisan
Miran Jarc (5 July 1900 – 24 August 1942) was a Slovene writer, poet, playwright and essayist.Jarc was born in the town of Črnomelj in White Carniola, in what was then Austria-Hungary in 1900. He was sent to school in Novo Mesto, and between 1918 and 1922 studied Slavic philology in Zagreb and Ljubljana, though he never completed his studies. From 1923, he worked as a bank clerk in Ljubljana. He started writing while still a student and published his first poem in the journal Ljubljanski zvon in 1918. In the 1930s, he also worked as an actor and violinist in the Slovenian Puppet Theater in Ljubljana.
In 1942, during World War II, he was arrested by the occupying Fascist Italian authorities and sent to the internment camp at Gonars, but the train transporting the prisoners was attacked by Partisans near Verd and the detainees freed and given the choice to join the Partisans or return home (those that chose to return home were separated from the rest and murdered at the Krim Cave Mass Grave). Jarc chose to join the Partisans and was killed in a fight by the Italian Army two months later in Pugled pri Starem Logu in Kočevski Rog. He is buried in the cemetery in Stari Log.The public library in Novo Mesto, as well as primary schools in Črnomelj and Ljubljana are named after Jarc.
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