Karel Destovnik

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Date of Birth December 19, 1922
Place of Birth Slovenia
Date of Death Feb 22, 1944 (21)
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Karel Destovnik

Karel Destovnik, pen name and nom de guerre Kajuh was a Slovenian poet, translator, resistance fighter, and Yugoslav people's hero.

About Karel Destovnik

Slovene poet, translator, and World War II-era freedom fighter. His best-known poems include "Slovene Child," "Madman," and "Day of All the Dead."

Before Fame

He published his early poems in a children's literary magazine called Slovenska Mladina.


He was officially declared a national hero of Yugoslavia in July of 1953.

Family Life

He was born in Sostanj, Slovenia. After being arrested and imprisoned by the Nazi Gestapo in 1941, he joined resistance forces in Ljubljana.


He and Ahmad Faraz became famous for their poetry and their political activities.

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