Serbian Cultural Society Prosvjeta
Prosvjeta headquarters in Zagreb
Formation 1944
Type non-governmental organization
Headquarters Zagreb, Sarajevo
Official language
Čedomir Višnjić
1,800,000 €

Serbian Cultural Society "Prosvjeta" (abbreviated: SKD "Prosvjeta" or СКД "Просвјета") is the central cultural, educational and scientific institution of the Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the aim of preserving and developing national identity.

Prosvjeta is managed by principles of multiculturalism and interculturalism, and their own cultural awareness. In accordance with their understanding of national identity of Serbs in Croatia and Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prosvjeta affirms its value in two ways: as part of Croatian culture and Bosnian regional culture and as part of the Serbian people culture as a whole.



Prosvjeta was established on 18. November 1944 in the period of World War II in the town of Glina.[1] First president of Prosvjeta was professor Dane Medaković from Zagreb.[1] It was established as one among few Serb institutions, first of which was Serb MP's club of State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Croatia.[1] As it became expected that Allies of World War II will win in the war and Yugoslav Partisans together with them, Communist Party of Yugoslavia wanted to satisfy Prečani Serbs population in future Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.[1] Prečani Serbs firstly constituted majority, and towards the end of war huge part of Partisan forces, while in 1945 they constituted 45% of membership of Communist Party of Croatia.[1] Primary task of organization in initial phase was to fight illiteracy in rural areas.[1] Other ambitious plans included intention for establishment of Museum of Serbs of Croatia, library, student dormitory, and development cooperation with Croatian Writers' Association, Croatian Painters' Association, Music Association and Association for Cultural Cooperation with Soviet Union.[1]

In 1971, after Croatian Spring, organization work was suspended together with work of Matica hrvatska.[2] Initiative for reactivation of Prosvjeta work came in 1990, and it was implemented in 1993.[2]

Central Library of Serbs of Croatia

Središnja knjižnica Srba u Hrvatskoj
Централна библиотека Срба у Хрватској
(Central Library of Serbs of Croatia)
Established 26 January 1996 (26 January 1996)[3]
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Items collected Serbian literature, Cyrillic alphabet literature, Croatian literature, Western literature, 20th-century Marxist philosophy
Size 23,000 books and publications [4]
Access and use
Access requirements

Open to general public

(for use of material outside the library membership required)
Other information
Director Velimir Sekulić
Staff 2
Website Централна библиотека Срба у Хрватској

In 1996 the Central Library of Serbs of Croatia was established. This library operates as a central national library of Serbs of Croatia (one of 10 central ethnic community libraries in Croatia) financed by Ministry of Culture .[5] Its task is to obtain, process and disseminate Serbian library materials and to inform the public.[6]

Library history

Prosvjeta began its first library activities during World War II in Yugoslavia within Yugoslav Partisans. On January 4, 1948 Prosvjeta established its first central library in Zagreb as a capital of People's Republic of Croatia. At that time the library possessed 40,000 books and publications. In 1953 a decision was made to close the library. Its stock was deposited in Museum of Serbs of Croatia, National and University Library in Zagreb and Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts.[4]

During the period of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until the beginning of the Breakup of Yugoslavia there were no initiatives for special libraries for Serbs of Croatia since general libraries had an adequate number of titles from Serbian literature.[7] In the years before, during and after the Croatian War of Independence inter-ethnic relations in Croatia were significantly disrupted. This, among other things, resulted in the mass removal and destruction of literature that conflicting sides considered inappropriate or subversive.

In 1995 Prosvjeta as its main annual priority declared the establishment of the library,[3] which was opened the day before Saint Sava day, on 26. January 1996.[3] In its initial stock the library had 6,200 books, most of those from city libraries.[3] The initial idea of the Government Office for Minorities was to place the central library for Serbs of Croatia in the village of Gomirje where Gomirje Monastery was placed but since Prosvjeta took the initiative the library was finally placed in Zagreb.[3] In the following years the library took about 15,000 Serbian literature titles from city libraries in Zagreb and Zagreb County.[3] In this way, titles from that area were protected from recycling. Some of the titles were also sent to local committees and institutions like Gymnasium Vukovar.[3]


Drama Studio "EHO"

Drama Studio "EHO" was founded in 2002 and today operates under the supervision of actress Svetlana Patafta.[8][9]

Prosvjeta Publishing House

Prosvjeta Publishing House has two bookstores in Zagreb, one of them at Petar Preradović Square.[10]


Prosvjeta has sub-committees in the following settlements in Croatia

County Local Subcommittees
Primorje-Gorski Kotar


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Srpsko kulturno društvo "Prosvjeta" u socijalizmu – prilog uz sedamdesetu godišnjicu osnutka" (PDF). Croatian State Archives. pp. 307–331. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  2. 1 2 "Srpsko kulturno društvo Prosvjeta". Serb National Council. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Формирање српске библиотеке у Загребу, Novosti, issue 298, 2 May 2005, Zagreb
  4. 1 2 Prosvjeta. "O biblioteci=". Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  5. Ministry of Culture. "KULTURNE DJELATNOSTI > Knjižnična djelatnost > Središnje knjižnice nacionalnih manjina". Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. Prosvjeta. "Biblioteka". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  7. Knjigocid-uništavanje knjiga u Hrvatskoj 1990-ih, Ante Lešaja, Profil and Serb National Council, Zagreb, 2012, pages 322, ISBN 978-953-313-086-6
  8. Prosvjeta. "Dramski studio EHO". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  9. Prosvjeta. "Svetlana Patafta". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  10. Prosvjeta. "Izdavačko poduzeće". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  11. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" DARUVAR". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  12. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" MOSLAVINA GAREŠNICA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  13. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" OKUČANI-RAJIĆ". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  14. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD \"PROSVJETA\" BUJŠTINA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  15. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" DONJE DUBRAVE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  16. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KARLOVAC". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  17. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KRNJAK". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  18. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" OGULIN". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  19. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VOJNIĆ". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  20. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KORENICA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  21. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" UDBINA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  22. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VRHOVINE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  23. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BELI MANASTIR". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  24. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BIJELO BRDO". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  25. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" DALJ". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  26. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" DARDA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  27. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" JAGODNJAK". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  28. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KNEŽEVI VINOGRADI". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  29. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" OSIJEK". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  30. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" ZAPADNA SLAVONIJA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  31. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" GOMIRJE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  32. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" SRPSKE MORAVICE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  33. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" RIJEKA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  34. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VRBOVSKO". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  35. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BISKUPIJA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  36. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KISTANJE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  37. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" KNIN". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  38. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" DVOR". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  39. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" GLINA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  40. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" MALI GRADAC". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  41. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" PETRINJA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  42. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" SISAK". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  43. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VRGINMOST". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  44. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" SPLIT". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  45. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VIROVITICA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  46. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BOBOTA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  47. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BOROVO". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  48. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" BRŠADIN". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  49. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" MARKUŠICA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  50. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" MIRKOVCI". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  51. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" NEGOSLAVCI". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  52. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" OSTROVO". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  53. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" PAČETIN". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  54. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" TRPINJA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  55. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VERA". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  56. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" VUKOVAR". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  57. Prosvjeta. "PODODBOR SKD "PROSVJETA" ZAGREB". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.