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Slovenian Prime Minister Lojze Peterle

Slovenian Prime Minister Lojze Peterle in Cleveland
St Mary of the Assumption Church
February 4, 2011

The Honorable Lojze Peterle, Member of the European Parliament and first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, spoke at St Mary of the Assumption Church in Cleveland on February 4, 2011. Between 1990 and 1992, Peterle was the president of the first freely elected Slovenian government, and he was among those who led Slovenia to independence from Yugoslavia.

Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc introduced Lojze Peterle

Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc introduced Lojze Peterle


He was presented by The Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia.

Slovenian Prime Minister Lozje Peterle

Former Slovenian Prime Minister Lozje Peterle

Slovenian Prime Minister Lozje Peterle

Peterle spoke to the audience in Slovenian and took questions at the end.

One highlight was when he told how President Bill Clinton was from a big country and played a big instrument, the saxophone. He is from a smaller country but can still make beautiful music. He took out a harmonica and played some Beethoven.

Lozje Peterle playing harmonica

Lozje Peterle playing harmonica


Enjoy these photos from the evening

August Pust and Lojze Peterle

August Pust and Lojze Peterle


Jure Zmauc and Lojze Peterle

Jure Zmauc and Lojze Peterle


Maria Sedmac and Luka Zibelnik

Maria Sedmac and Luka Zibelnik


Martin Strel - the Big River Man

Martin Strel - the Big River Man - has swum the length of the Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze and Amazon Rivers


Helena Gaser with Andrea and Zdravko Novak

Helena Gaser with Andrea and Zdravko Novak


Father John Kumse and Consul Jure Zmauc

Father John Kumse and Consul Jure Zmauc


Fran Coberly and Drago Androjna

Fran Coberly and Drago Androjna


Joe Valencic, Barbara Strumbly, Janja Zmauc, Martin Strel, Luka Zibelnik and August Pust

Joe Valencic, Barbara Strumbly, Janja Zmauc, Martin Strel,
Luka Zibelnik and August Pust


Dr. Edi and Mrs. Milena Gobetz

Dr. Edi and Mrs. Milena Gobetz


Listening to Prime Minister Lojze Peterle

Listening to Prime Minister Peterle


Questions for the Prime Minister

Questions for the Prime Minister


Debbie Hanson, Lozje Peterle and Fran Cobberly

Debbie Hanson, Lozje Peterle and Fran Coberly


Dick Russ and Consul Jure Zmauc

Dick Russ and Consul Jure Zmauc


Lojze Peterle and Fran Cobberly

Lojze Peterle and Fran Coberly


August Pust, Lojze Peterle and Martin Strel

August Pust, Lojze Peterle and Martin Strel


Slovenian wine

The evening ended with Slovenian wine and patitsa & coffee




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