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Turist Information Centre Ajdovščina
Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61 A
5270 Ajdovščina

tel.: +386 5 36 59 140

mon - fri: 8.00 - 16.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

mon - fri: 10.00 - 18.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

important personalities

Anton Brecelj (1875 – 1943) – Politician, Publicist and Physician

Anton Brecelj was born on 9 June 1875 in the village of Žapuže near Ajdovščina. He attended grammar school in Ljubljana. In 1901 he graduated from medical school in Graz (now Austria) and continued to work as an assistant at a clinic in Graz. In 1903 he returned to Gorizia (now Italy), where he worked as a private physician and later became the head physician of the Hospital of the Hospitaller Brothers. Due to official duty he moved to Ljubljana in 1920, where he was appointed head of the disabled ward. From 1922 till his death on 22 September 1943 he worked as a private paediatrician and a private doctor for internal diseases.

Since his teen years Brecelj was an active member of the Catholic Movement and published his articles in Catholic periodicals Katoliški obzornik (Catholic Review) and Zora (The Dawn). He wrote a great deal on sanitary conditions in the Slovenian territory, dealt with various scientific matters (in the catholic magazine Čas from 1919 till 1925) and published many popular-science articles on health care with educational and moral tendencies (in the Mladika newspaper from 1923 till 1925). Besides many others Brecelj published a book titled Jetiki boj! (Fighting Tuberculosis!) in 1918 in Ljubljana.

Brecelj was a leading member of the New Current, which represented Christian Socialists and was the opposing party in the Slovenian People's Party.  He was the president of the Christian Social Union in Gorizia and the founder of the Own Home Association (društvo Lasten dom), which helped build apartments for the working class.

In his memory a memorial plaque was revealed in his birthplace, in the village of Žapuže near Ajdovščina, on the initiative of the Former Students of Gorizia Association (Klub starih goriških študentov).