The memorial book from Africa
We present a book of memories on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Rudolf
Prof. Ivan Rudolf, collected Slovene volunteers throughout the prisoner-of-war camps in Africa during Second World War and motivated them to join the Yugoslav Royal Guard Battalion, which was quartered in Palestine. Thanks to the Prof. Ivan Rudolf, 4000 to 4500 volunteers were collected who, after the capitulation of Italy, mostly joined overseas units of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia and represented a third of all Slovene overseas combatants. Prof. Rudolf simultaneously collected volunteers who were trained for parachute missions, which the Anglo-American intelligence services sent into Yugoslav territory and who provided links between the Partisans and the Allies. The memorial book, which was donated to Ivan Rudolf by the Slovene volunteers in December 1942 in Egypt is a precious thanks to Rudolf’s work.
The book of memories is from the legacy of Ivan Rudolf, given to National Museum of Contemporary History by his son Saša Rudolf.