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Author Byford, Jovan.

Title Denial and repression of antisemitism : post-communist remembrance of the Serbian Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović / Jovan Byford
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Introduction -- Materials used in this study -- The life of Nikolaj Velimirović and his changing public image, 1945-2003 -- Denigration and marginalization : Velimirović's status in post-war Yugoslavia -- Apotheosis and widespread admiration : Velimirović's status today -- Collective remembering and collective forgetting : memory of Nikolaj Velimirović and the repression of controversy -- The discursive dynamic of social forgetting : repression as replacement -- Velimirović in Dachau : "martyrdom" as a replacement myth -- The martyrdom myth in context : the narrative of Velimirović's suffering and the rise Serbian nationalism -- Remembering in order to forget : the martyrdom myth and repression -- The dynamic of everyday forgetting : continuity and the "routinization" of repression -- From repression to denial : responses of the Serbian Orthodox Church to accusations of antisemitism -- Discourse, moral accountability, and the denial of prejudice -- "Serbs have never hated the Jews" : literal denial of antisemitism -- "Parrots," "idiots," and "the mummies of reason" : denial and offensive rhetoric -- Comparing Serbs and Croats and the rhetoric of "competitive martyrdom" : comparative denial of antisemitism -- National self-glorification in a historical context -- Denial of antisemitism and the distancing from "extremism" -- "We are not antisemites, but-- " : denial and the rhetoric of disclaimers -- "He was merely quoting the Bible!" : denial of Velimirović's antisemitism -- Rising above the criticisms : refusal to engage in controversy as a form of denial -- "Tiny mosquitoes" and the mighty "eagle" : who has the right to remember Nikolaj Velimirović? -- The letter from "a Jewish woman" : Bishop Nikolaj as the savior of Jews -- The two kinds of antisemitism : the rhetoric of interpretative denial -- Repeating the word of God : authority of the Gospels and the reification of antisemitic discourse -- "Then we are all antisemites!" : "anti-Judaism" and Orthodox Christian identity -- Questionable boundaries between anti-Judaism and antisemitism -- Deicidal justification of Jewish suffering : the Holocaust as divine retribution -- Antisemitism as prophecy : social construction of Velimirović's sanctity -- The first stage of the campaign for canonization : the making of a religious "cult" -- Canonization in the Orthodox Church and the need for divine confirmation of sanctity -- Finding the "right" miracle : incorruptibility of remains and miraculous icons -- The bishop who came "face to face with the living God" : Velimirović and the miracle of epiphany -- Velimirović as a "prophet" : the construction of the "Serbian Jeremiah."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-259) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Velimirović, Nikolaj, 1880-1956.
Orthodox Eastern Church -- Serbia -- Bishops -- Biography.
Srpska pravoslavna crkva -- Bishops -- Biography.
Christian saints -- Serbia -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1435653041 (electronic bk.)
615521154X (electronic bk.)
9781435653047 (electronic bk.)
9786155211546 (electronic bk.)
(cloth : alk. paper)
(cloth : alk. paper)