Politics and Theater in Croatia 1941-1945

visiting lecture
Schubertstr. 51, HS 31.11
Mittwoch, 5 April, 2017 - 13:00 bis 15:00

Ever since the first days of the newly established NDH, the regime of Ante Pavelić demonstrated an exceptional interest for culture, highly positioning the task of shaping the new spirit in its programmatic postulates for creating the entire state policy. National cultural institutions, as major carriers of the Ustashi movement programme, were supposed to undergo a unified ideological transformation through which politics would take over the role of creator whereas culture should play “the role of a consequence or a derivate of political will and its instrument.” Theatres were thus ideal sites for embodying the “new Croatian awareness and sentiment” (M. Starčević). A Zagreb theatre that was immediately baptised with a new name – Croatian State Theatre (HDK) – was to become a central venue for the presentation of “the new era in the resurrected state of Croatia.” Yet in no time it was subjected, together with other cultural institutions, to a solution by which artistic diversity and freedom of creation became a hardly attainable category.