Denial and Repression of Antisemitism: Post-communist by Jovan Byford Dr

By Jovan Byford Dr

This e-book examines the rehabilitation during the last twenty years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the debatable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his demise. Having been vilified through the previous Yugoslav Communist specialists as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has grow to be appeared in Serbian society as a saintly determine and an important spiritual individual for the reason that medieval occasions. Byford charts the posthumous passage of Velimirovic from 'traitor' to 'saint' and examines the complementary dynamics of repression and denial that have been used to divert public consciousness from the controversies surrounding his life.The ebook provides the 1st specific exam of ways within which an jap Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of anti-Semitism inside of its ranks and considers the consequences of the ongoing reverence of Nikolaj Velimirovic for the patience of antisemitism in Serbian Orthodox tradition and Serbian society as a complete. The learn is predicated on a close exam of the altering representations of Velimirovic within the Serbian media and in commemorative discourse, in addition to interviews with a couple of in demand public figures who've been actively considering the bishop's rehabilitation during the last twenty years.

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With the advent of World War I, Velimirović was sent by the Serbian Prime Minister Nikola Pašić to England and the United States to promote the Serbian national cause. He was chosen to take part in this The Life of Nikolaj Velimirović and His Changing Public Image 25 mission not only on account of his erudition, knowledge of the English language, and highly esteemed oratorical skills, but also because it was hoped that his reputation as an anglophile, admirer of Protestantism, and believer in ecumenical dialogue would facilitate contacts with the Anglican and Episcopalian churches in Britain and the United States.

When the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was created in 1918, the Orthodox Church on its territory found itself divided into six separate church organizations. Five dioceses of the former Kingdom of Serbia were under the jurisdiction of the autocephalous Serbian Metropolitanate. Seven Orthodox dioceses in Vojvodina, Croatia, and Slavonia comprised the Karlovac Metropolitanate, which was also autocephalous, as was the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral with three dioceses. Four dioceses in Bosnia and Herzegovina and two in Dalmatia were affiliated to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constanti- The Life of Nikolaj Velimirović and His Changing Public Image 33 nople, while the status of the Orthodox Church in Macedonia (previously also under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) remained unresolved in the aftermath of the departure of Bulgarian and Greek bishops during the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913 (Gligorijević, 1997).

On July 2, 1916, he accepted the invitation to address the congregation at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster, the parish church of the British Houses of Parliament. Five days later he spoke at a memorial service for fallen British and Serbian servicemen, which was led by the archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. This service was initially planned for 28 June, St Vitus’ Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. However, given that on that same day in 1914 Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo, British authorities postponed the ceremony, lest it should offend Austrian sensitivities.

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