By Jovan Byford
This publication examines the rehabilitation over the last 20 years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the arguable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his dying. Having been vilified by means of the previous Yugoslav Communist experts as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has become appeared in Serbian society as a saintly determine and crucial non secular individual considering medieval instances. 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 cognizance from the controversies surrounding his life.The booklet provides the 1st targeted exam of how during which an japanese 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 examine 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 well known public figures who've been actively enthusiastic about the bishop's rehabilitation during the last 20 years.
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