The location where Lojze Grozde’s body was found on 23 February 1943. It could not be marked nor visited for almost 50 years, until Slovenia became independent.

The tomb of Lojze Grozde in the pilgrim church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zaplaz, Slovenia. He was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 2010 as a Martyr in odium fidei.

The pilgrim church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zaplaz, Slovenia.

Lojze Grozde
(1923 - 1943)

Lojze was born in a village as an illegitimate child. When he was four, his mother married and moved away with her husband. Lojze stayed with his aunt and lived in very modest conditions. However, at school he was very successful and with the support of good people he became a high school student in Ljubljana, Slovenia (before WWII part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). In April 1941, the Axis powers occupied Yugoslavia and after Germany attacked the Soviet Union (22 June 1941) Slovenian Communists started their revolution. They used all means, including brutal murders, to disable influential people, mostly Christians, who did not approve of their ideology. Grozde was at that time in the upper grades of high school and a member of two Catholic youth associations. He was an excellent student, poet and editor of newsletters. As a talented and faithful young man, he was very active and influential among his colleagues. He personally knew some of the victims already murdered by Communists and at meetings of Catholic youth he warned about the danger of atheistic Communism. He was on his way home for the Christmas holidays in 1942. The Communist partisans captured him, tortured, and killed him – ‘for preventive reasons’ as stated in their report to the Central Committee. Two months later, his corpse was found by children picking snowdrops in a forest. Lojze Grozde was officially recognised by the Catholic Church as a Martyr in odium fidei and beatified on 13 June 2010.