Dear DKIS community,
Today we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of our school and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Danila Kumar.
Danila Kumar (her partisan name – Andreja), born on 13 October 1921, was a commercial assistant and a national hero of the former Yugoslavia.
She completed primary and middle school in Ljubljana. Later she worked at the sock factory in Savlja near Ljubljana and from 1937 worked as a sales assistant. As early as 1936, she became a member of the League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia and was imprisoned three times until the beginning of the 1st World War. In 1940, she became a member of the Communist Party of Slovenia.
After Italy occupied Yugoslavia in 1941, she worked as a courier between the leadership of the Communist Party of Slovenia and ‘The Central Technique’ (a part of the structure of the Communist Party). In June 1942, she was arrested by fascist authorities, and after escaping from prison, she joined the partisans and became a nurse. Subsequently, she became deputy political commissioner of the Tomšič’s Battalion. In the fall of 1943, she was seriously wounded in the German offensive.
After her recovery, she was sent to Gorenjska for political work in January 1944, where she worked as a member of the provincial committee of the Slovenian Anti-Fascist Women’s Association. On her way up Mt. Lubnik, she fell into a German ambush and was killed; what’s more, on 20 December 1951, she was declared a national hero. Our primary school is named after her, and in 1979 a memorial plaque was unveiled at Kojsko’s primary school.
To celebrate this special occasion, we have set up some exhibits around the school and a film:
Kind regards,
Klemen Strmljan
Head of International Department