by Penny Starr, Breitbart: SEVNICA, Slovenia — It’s a short book, just 42 pages and some filled with photographs. But it goes a long way in explaining the facts about the strong, proud people who carved a small but free nation out of the former Communist Yugoslavia and produced one of the most famous women in the world: Melania Trump. Author Sandi Gorisek doesn’t consider himself a writer, although he admits he is fond of dreaming up fairy tales to share with children.
“I’m a storyteller,” says Gorisek, who makes a living as a mechanical engineer in a town just a few miles away from Melania’s hometown of Sevnica.
But since Donald J. Trump decided to run for president — and then won — elevating his Slovenian wife to first lady, Gorisek had a “now or never” moment.
The result: Melania Trump; The Slovenian Side of the Story, a quick read full of historic facts, insightful observations, and revealing truths about a patriotic people who are tough survivors of Communism and enthusiastic entrepreneurs in their now free homeland.
Gorisek told Breitbart News, in fact, that 30 years ago he would not have been able to write his book about Melania because of government censorship. At 33, his life has mostly unfolded in a free Slovenia that earned its independence during the 10-day war in 1991.
Gorisek spoke with Breitbart News in Sevnica about his book, which reveals how Melania Trump’s past shaped her and how her new role as America’s first lady could help shape the future of her new home.
The book’s introduction tells readers facts about Gorisek’s and Melania’s parents. Both of their fathers joined the Communist Party when it was required, ironically, to get ahead. His mother and Melania’s both worked at Jutranjka, a children’s clothing factory that is now home to a booming plastics business.
But, Gorisek wrote, he did not want so much to debate about the past and its role on the present in the book, but to share instead how it produced the people living today, including Melania Trump.
“The aim of this book is to show how growing up in this atmosphere created and nurtured beliefs from the time period that have influenced all of us, including Mrs. Trump,” Gorisek wrote.
In the introduction, Gorisek talks about the role women play in Slovenian society and how they affect family life and the larger culture.
A woman works on children’s clothing at the Jutranjka factory in Sevnica, Slovenia, in 1983. Melania Trump’s mother once worked there. (Courtesy of Sandi Gorisek)
This is reflected in a “well-known Slovenian saying that states that a wife supports three corners of the house, which refers to how women influence men in a more profound manner than we can imagine.”
“It is not too arrogant to say that the future of the USA and its population will be partly tailored by the patterns and principles leaned from the people of a small, proud nation situated on the sunny side of the Alps,” Gorisek wrote.
Gorisek does, however, look back and explain that while Communists “frowned upon” individuality, the government inadvertently raised up a generation of “real men.”
“A generation of real men emerged,” Gorisek wrote. “Men capable of building houses and towns with their bare hands” and with the help of relatives and neighbors.
Gorisek wrote that capitalism and no military draft “has gifted us with a litter of gin-and-tonic hipsters as their replacement.”
In fact, Slovenians are living a kind of “American Dream” as a result, with a house and a garden the common goal for everyone that has largely been achieved.