Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 46°15′8.94″N 14°10′34.63″E / 46.2524833°N 14.1762861°E / 46.2524833; 14.1762861Coordinates: 46°15′8.94″N 14°10′34.63″E / 46.2524833°N 14.1762861°E / 46.2524833; 14.1762861
Country Slovenia
Traditional Region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Upper Carniola
Municipality Železniki
Elevation 831.5 m (2,728.0 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 338

Dražgoše (pronounced [ˈdɾaːʒɡɔʃɛ]; German: Draschgosche[2]) is a village in the Municipality of Železniki in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. The village lies on the southern slopes of the Jelovica Plateau. The settlement is divided into three parts: Pri Cerkvi (Draschgosche bei der Kirche[2]), Na Pečeh (Draschgosche vor der Kirche[2]), and Jelenšče (in older sources Jelenčice[2]).[3]

During the Second World War it was the site of the Battle of Dražgoše between Slovene partisans (NOVJ) and Nazi Germany armed forces, which took place between January 9 and January 11, 1942. After suffering heavy losses the Nazi forces set fire to the village, shot 41 hostages and deported the remaining residents. In 1976 the Dražgoše war memorial was built just outside the village to commemorate this battle and the destruction of the village.


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. 1 2 3 4 Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, pp. 60–61.
  3. Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 358.

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