In his manuscripts, Tripalo records the notes of the proportions of the reformist movement, which his opponents called maspok. As one of the leading individuals, considered to be the most prominent public tribune, Tripalo became a chronicler and analyst of this phenomenon. As in the other Tripal annotations, his analytical and critical discourse testifies on the democratic evolution of an important party dissident.
As one of the key participants in the Croatian national movement called the Croatian Spring, Miko Tripalo in his dissident phase wrote reviews in which he analysed the issue of inter-ethnic relations in Yugoslavia. Tripalo's critical observations were directed at the actions of Croatian politicians who had gained affirmation after the fall of the Croatian Spring – people like Stipe Šuvar and Milka Planinc. Those notes are valuable contributions to a critical reflection on the open issues of Croatian national emancipation.
The Hidden Galleries collection features a number of so-called network schemes created by the secret police and offers the unique possibility to compare examples from a number of different national contexts and time periods. Network schemes were created by the secret police as visual tools developed to envision underground religious communities as centralized and hierarchical organizations. Such schemes, which were devised by the Soviet secret police but were also used in Romania, Hungary and elsewhere, depict the network of insurgent religious and political organizations from bottom to top and include complex sets of social links and hierarchical relations as perceived by the secret police. Local religious groups are routinely represented as interconnected and subordinated ‘cells’ of highly organized vertical networks with groups made to fit the same organizational logic whether this reflected reality or not. At the same time, the schemes were also used to show the results in progress of secret police operations against the targeted groups. The schemes sometimes indicate which individuals had been arrested within the network and the number of arrested believers in the repressed group as well as showing which groups and individuals remained free or under surveillance. The network schemes were either printed using photo-printing technology, sometimes including collections of photographic images of those represented, or were hand-drawn.
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One of the best known books by Franjo Tuđman, Bespuća povijesne zbiljnosti: rasprava o povijesti i filozofiji zlosilja (Horrors of War: Historical Reality and Philosophy) was published in mid-1989, but the manuscript was completed in February 1988. Tuđman unsuccessfully attempted to publish the book in Croatia for a year and a half. Without the approval of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia, it was difficult to find a publisher who would have the courage to publish the book, which dealt with a topic for which Tuđman had been prosecuted by the regime twice. Finally, Marija Peakić-Mikuljan, director of the Matica hrvatska publishing house, took the risk. But even when the book was printed in June 1989, an order from the top of the communist regime in Croatia came not to distribute it. Nevertheless, the unfolding political situation in 1989, in which the political authority of the League of Communists continually declined, opened the way for its distribution.
The focus of the book is the issue of victims of World War II. Tuđman tried to draw attention to the manipulations and forgeries which tended to multiply the numbers of Serbian victims and accuse the whole Croatian nation as genocidal and criminal (Jareb 2011, 305). Tuđman was one of the first historians who encouraged scholarly research into this problem in the mid-1960s. In the book, he also shows how and why his efforts were impeded, and how he was later marginalised and imprisoned. The book represents an outline of his previous research and papers on the issue of victimhood. Tuđman opposed the so-called Jasenovac myth – the one-sided approach and multiplication of the number of casualties, especially of Serbian victims. Tuđman described the origin of the myth which was, in his view, “used (...) as a direct foundation for the theory of the genocidal character of any expression of Croatian identity” (Tuđman 1989, 120). Tuđman exhibited consistency in fighting against unscholarly approaches and exaggeration of the number of victims because he was also critical of the so-called Bleiburg myth. He rejected similar exaggerations of the number of victims killed by the communist authorities in 1945 (the so-called Bleiburg tragedy) that are popular in the Croatian diaspora.