Exhibition: 40th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Name and Status of the Croatian Literary Language, 2007
On the 40th anniversary of the Declaration on the Name and Status of the Croatian Literary Language, the Croatian State Archives (HDA) organised an exhibition in March 2007. At the exhibition, about one hundred original documents from the HDA collections regarding the publication of the Declaration on the name and status of the Croatian literary language were presented to the public for the first time (collections of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia, Croatian Parliament and Matica hrvatska). The exhibition was set on 16 panels in the HDA atrium and was opened on March 15, 2007 by Božo Biškupić, the Croatian Minister of Culture, with the presence of public and prominent figures of Croatian cultural life.
The Declaration on the Name and Status of the Croatian Literary Language was published on March 17, 1967, in the weekly Telegram after the text was formulated in Matica hrvatska and after it was signed by numerous Croatian intellectuals and eighteen Croatian scholarly and cultural institutions. The publication of a document claiming the equal status of the Croatian language in the Yugoslav federation instantly turned into a paramount political event. The exhibition was set up on the basis of original documents issued by the authorities, socio-political organizations, whereby the author of the exhibition, archivist Marina Škalić, sought to "demonstrate the way in which political violence at all republic levels was conducted during March and April of 1967" ("40th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Name and Status of the Croatian Language ", https://www.culturenet.hr/default.aspx?id=13591). According to Škalić, the violent political reaction against the Declaration, its spirit and meaning, along with the various methods of political suppression and the disempowerment of its initiators and signatories, was supposed to shut down any idea of Croatian national emancipation immediately. The campaign against the Declaration and its signatories, directed by the League of Communists, was conducted through all official forums and institutions, and in the media.
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- Mihaljević, Josip
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