Of Martyrs ‘Genuine’ and ‘Spurious’: Concerning Zdeněk R. Nešpor’s Review Cover Image

O mučednicich „pravych“ a „nepravych“: K recenzi Zdeňka R. Nešpora
Of Martyrs ‘Genuine’ and ‘Spurious’: Concerning Zdeněk R. Nešpor’s Review

Author(s): Martin Jindra
Subject(s): History
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR

Summary/Abstract: A scholar of church history, Martin Jindra, takes issue with Zdeněk R. Nešpor’s review of his Stražci lidskosti: Dvanact přiběhů přislušniků Československe cirkve (husitske) vězněnych po unoru 1948 (Prague, 2007), ‘Nepravi mučednici proticirkevniho boje’ (Spurious Martyrs in the Fight against the Churches), published in Soudobe dějiny, vol. 15 (2009), no. 1, pp. 164–67. The focus of the dispute is the extent of the Czechoslovak (Hussite) Church’s conformity with the Communist regime, and also how Jindra discusses it in his book. Jindra admits that of all the big confessions in the country the Czechoslovak (Hussite) Church was the most conformist towards the regime, but he rejects Nešpor’s reproach that he was acting as their apologist. He calls the review biased, and demonstrates that a number of members of the Czechoslovak (Hussite) Church were victims of Nazi and Communist repression. One of his aims in the book was to recall the lives of twelve of those people.

  • Issue Year: XV/2008
  • Issue No: 03-04
  • Page Range: 718-725
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Czech