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Christian Right-Wing Organizations and the Spreading of Anti-Semitic Prejudice in Post-Milosevic Serbia: The Case of the Dignity Patriotic Movement

Byford, J. (2002). Christian Right-Wing Organizations and the Spreading of Anti-Semitic Prejudice in Post-Milosevic Serbia: The Case of the Dignity Patriotic Movement. East European Jewish Affairs, 32(2) pp. 43–60.

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Abstract

With the change of government in Serbia in October 2000, a number of antisemitic Christian right-wing organizations appeared on the political scene. Examines the Dignity Patriotic Movement (Otacastveni Pokret Obraz), whose conservative ideology is largely based on the religious teachings of Bishop Velimirovic (1881-1956) and includes antisemitic conspiratorial themes which became popular after the NATO bombings in 1999. Characteristically for the new Christian Right, the Obraz has connections with the Orthodox Church, the army, and the mainstream Right (including the President), which give the movement a certain respectability. Some themes and ideas of the Christian Right are evinced in the mainstream media. The position of the Serbian Church toward antisemitism is ambivalent. It has tabooed any mention of Velimirovic's antisemitism and at the same time is reluctant to canonize him as a saint, despite recurring calls for such action.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1350-1674
Keywords: Serbia; antisemitism; Christian Right; Nikolaj Velimirovic; Serbian Orthodox Church;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 8868
Depositing User: Jovan Byford
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8868
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