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January 20, 2017 • IN A PICTURE, Photos

Early life

News report from Voice of America

Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto in the southeast of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, part of Yugoslavia, on April 26, 1970. She is the daughter of Amalija (née Ul?nik) and Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer. Her father was from the nearby town of Rade?e. Her mother came from the village of Raka and was a patternmaker at the children’s clothing manufacturer “Jutranjka” in Sevnica.

She grew up in a modest apartment in a housing block in Sevnica, in Slovenia’s Lower Sava Valley.  She has a sister, Ines  and an older half-brother, Denis, whom she reportedly has never met,  from her father’s previous relationship. Although Melania’s family comes from a Roman Catholic background, her father, to the dismay of their relatives, wished for her to not receive the Christian sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion due to his commitment to Marxist-Leninist atheism.Melania, however, was later married in an Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and has received Holy Communion there at Midnight Mass during her recent Christmas celebrations.

When she was a teenager, the family moved to a two-story house in Sevnica and as a high school student, she lived in a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. Melanija attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana  and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out. She speaks six languages: Serbo-Croatian, English, French, Italian, German, and her native Slovene.

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