Vidici - Journal
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Provenance and cultural activities
“Vidici” was established in 1953 and quickly became the leading journal of literature and culture in Yugoslavia. The official publisher of the journal was the UO (Student Union) and a large number of contributers were current or newly graduated students as well as the younger generation of intellectuals. During the 1960s, and especially after the 1968 revolt, the journal became one of the leading journals of critically oriented young people and intellectual elites, which is the reason why it was banned repeatedly. The magazine was published twice a month, experimenting with unconventional forms and formats. For example, an edition was published in form of measuring tape with only 5-6 cm width. The editorial policy also expanded the journal to a much wider variety of topics.
During its existence (until 1993), “Vidici” was banned several times: Issue No. 121-122 was banned, as it contained articles about the events of June 1968. Moreover, issue No. 142-143 from 1970 was prohibited because it contained descriptions of the student’s revolts and the text: “Are we going towards the revival of Stalinism”. Issue No. 152 from 1971 is the most well known and was called the “Nazi” edition (for comparing socialism with Nazism). (Srđa Popović, Poslednja instanca, 2003, 84)
Today, the magazine "Vidici" is kept as a part of the collection "Periodicals", and does not constitute a separate library unit. All available editions are kept in two institutions - the National Library of Serbia and the University Library in Belgrade. Although officially, each institution preserves both editions, it is possible that if an issue is unavailable in of the two editions, it can be found in the other.
This only concerns issues that were not forbidden during the era of socialism. The several issues that had been forbidden by law, such as the so-called "Nazi" issue (more in events) are not accessible until today. The forbidden issues are not stored in special or secret library sections, but presumably in the repositories of the court and security organs and may be available to the public sometime in the future.
Description of content
The available issues can be found in two libraries in Belgrade - the National Library of Serbia and the University of Belgrade Library. During the 1960s and especially after the 1968 revolt, the journal became one of the leading publications of critically oriented young people and intellectual elites, which is why it was repeatedly banned by the authorities.
- publications (books, newspapers, articles, press clippings): 100-499
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Place of founding
Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia
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Important events in the history of the collection
- completely open to the public
Author(s) of this page
- Radović, Sanja
Popović, Srđa. 2003. Poslednja instanca. [The final authority] Beograd.
Vučetić, Radina. 2016. Monopol na istinu. [The monopoly on Truth] Beograd: Clio.
Branković, Ljubomir , interview by Radović, Sanja , November 17, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection