The Family Born
Alojzij (Louis) Rijavec  Trnovo, Austria, 1888
Louis’ Wife:  Rozalija Plesnicar Voglarji near Trnovo, Austria, 1892 
Wife’s Brother:  Leopold (Poldo) Plesnicar Trnovo, Austria, 1895
Wife’s Niece:  Rozika Plesnicar Slokar Trnovo, Italy, 1926
Louis’ Cousin:  Joseph Rijavec Trnovo, Austria
Louis’ sister:  Felicita Rijavec Trnovo, Austria
Felicita’s son:  Stanislav (Stanko) Rijavec Trnovo, Italy
Stanko’s Daughter: Clara Riavezzi Tibaldi Trnovo, Italy
Stanko’s niece:  Lina Riavezzi Cumarini Noussan Trnovo, Italy
Joseph’s son:  Andrej Rijavec Belgrade, Old Yugoslavia, 1931
Louis’ niece: Justina Rijavec Kavsek Trnovo, Italy, 1928 
Louis’ son: Karl Ryavec Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1936
Louis’ grand niece: Nives Slokar Lipovec Trnovo, Yugoslavia, 1951
Nives’ husband:  Ivan Lipovec Novi Lasi, Yugoslavia, 1951
Andrej’s daughter:  Veronica Rijavec Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, 1972
Louis’ great grand nephew: Bostjan Lipovec Gorica, Yugoslavia, 1976 
Louis’ great grand niece: Tanja Lipovec Gorica, Yugoslavia, 1980

The Gorizia Border: Barrier, Bridge or Filter?

The obvious predicament at Sloveniaís western border was the forceful removal or redefinition of the borderline itself many times between 1918 and 1991, displacing people from homes, as well as economic and social activity. But the greater harm for the population resulted from the change in the nature of the border. Before 1918, the borders bound Slovenia in a multinational community, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After 1918, and the end of World War I, western Slovenia fell under the emerging and dominating nationalism of Mussoliniís Italy, where even use of its own language was outlawed. After World War II, in 1947, the area, terribly debilitated by Nazi and fascist excesses at warís end, was put under control of communist Yugoslavia, and joined the rest of its ethno-linguistic community, Slovenia. By then, the border had become Titoís iron curtain, a barrier to economic and social interactions. By 1991, just as Slovenia finally became an independent state, it was at the dawn of a new age of multinationalism. Slovenia joined the so-called Schengen region in 2007, with the virtual erasure of its western border.