Historical wars have produced hidden gems as liberation fighters, who have outperformed as per their capacity. War comes with multi-form outcomes, soldiers give their hundred percent to see victory for their Country. When it comes to patriotism and matters of national respect, parameters like gender, age, and physical weakness never restrict combat fighters.
Who is Albina Mali-Hocevar
Today we are going to talk about one such super-brave Slovenian fighter, Albina Mali-Hocevar. She was born in 1925 in a middle-class family. When we have a crowded family we don’t get much attention, she was one among 8 siblings. Life takes tests at every stage, so she had to go through many tough challenges as well, her father passed away when she was a small age.
When we learn to resist the blow of a storm, rushing towards us to destroy us, we transform into the best version of ourselves. Albina was one of those resistance fighters who fought for Yugoslavia and became a national hero. This is the story of a beautiful girl who turned into a scar-carrying warfighter.
It was the year, 1941 when Adolf Hitler passed an order to invade Yugoslavia, Hitler took the event of a coup as a personal insult. Yugoslavian forces launched a movement of liberation, many fighters who cared about national interest came forward to take part in this movement. Albina Mali was one of them, she joined the movement to fight for the people’s liberation war in Yugoslavia.
She worked with great efficiency and gained a reliable position in the movement. Top Officials on recognizing her ability, appointed her as an information transferring agent. She moved to another city after giving her services in Novo Mesto for a quarter of a year. Later due to political reasons, she joined a communist youth league in 1942 and worked as battalion secretary.
Mere secretary and role of a nurse was not something she was made for, she fought for this liberation movement. She took part in a combat role for approximately one year for her battalion, till the end of 1943. During the war period, she survived deep injuries, including her beautiful face got scars that changed her face forever, she lost one eye. She became a war-icon when her photographs came into the public domain.
She served in forces as a flying nurse as well, which was full of dangers those days as aviation technologies were not very advanced. There was a slight line between exposure to enemy fire and safety. Albina was Finally retired from her medical services in 1945.
For her sacrifices and extremely courageous services, she was awarded ‘Partisan memorial 1941”, later the Order of people’s heroes (the highest title in Yugoslavia) in the women category in 1952.
The heroic journey of Albina is truly inspiring for young women, she took part in a national war movement and carried a lifetime wound as her bravery memorial. She restarted her life in a simple way after retiring from the forces. She contributed to the government in top roles and helped her nation reach new growth levels.
Albina Mali-Hocevar is remembered as an icon of courage in history, she created an impact and lived a life of 75 years, worth remembering.