Suppression of human dignity during the communist rule on the example of Josip Gunčević Cover Image

Zatiranje ljudskoga dostojanstva tijekom komunističke vladavine na primjeru dr. Josipa Gunčevića
Suppression of human dignity during the communist rule on the example of Josip Gunčević

Author(s): Miljenko Brekalo, Anamarija Lukić, Ivan Stipić
Subject(s): Local History / Microhistory, Military history, Political history, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of Communism, Historical revisionism
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru
Keywords: Josip Gunčević; communist totalitarianism; Christian values; dehumanization of an individual;

Summary/Abstract: Josip Gunčević, PhD, one of the most distinguished citizens of Brod na Savi, a cleric and a pedagogue, was brutally murdered by partisans in Macelj forest in 1945 without being trialled. Throughout the whole period of Communist Yugoslavia there is almost no trace of his work and social engagement. The sporadic mention of Gunčević is ideologically contextualized in a negative way, without any scientific research or valorisation. The paper seeks to show the overall work of Gunčević that is known so far, on the humanisation of society according to the Christian system of values in which he believed uncompromisingly and for which he was ultimately killed. The authors show that after the establishment of the contemporary Republic of Croatia, the ideas of Josip Gunčević occupied partly once again the interest of primarily the Catholic, and then of the general public. Recently, after being subjected to serious scientific criticism, Gunčević's work presents a range of values for pedagogy, history of culture and the history of ideas in general. The authors, based on the presented research, show that it is necessary to continue working on the valorisation of Josip Gunčević's legacy and to determine his real contribution to Croatian science and culture.

  • Issue Year: 5/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 155-168
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Croatian