Lazar Manojlović, a Man who does not give up
The Book of Sorrow and Monition (Knjiga tuge i opomene) by Lazar Manojlović consists mainly of his newspaper articles published from 2009th to 2013th in which Manojlović deals with topics that are largely influenced his life and life in general in BiH.
Lazar Manojlović is, first and foremost, pedagogue. He worked as a teacher in several places in BiH, and as principal of the elementary school Radojka Lakić in Bijeljina. For educational and pedagogical work he has received several awards.
It is worth to mention that the most important of his awards and honors has been granted before the war. It has not stopped coming in because of the war or because of the fact that Lazar Manojlović stopped working in education or because of his retirement. No, it was because of the system - that is highly valued Lazar work – which has changed radically. His work was ideologically directed by the ideals of Yugoslav socialism, the ideology of brotherhood and unity, equality of all human beings and giving equal opportunities to everyone. With the war in Bijeljina, public morality becomes a fascist. Serbian nationalists have sought from Manojlović to give them a list of non-Serb children, what he has refused. They sought from him to demolish the monument of national heroine Radojka Lakić, which was also rejected. He saved much as he could his fellow citizens of villains and he has openly opposed to the politics of crime whose greatest „achievement“ was ethnic cleansing. Therefore, not just that he was not rewarded, but he is removed from the position of the principal. Morality which represent is Lazar Manojlović has been moved to the private sphere, and in the war and postwar Bijeljina he was almost the only one who dared to speak and act publicly in the spirit of that morality.
About all of that has been written extensively, and the experience of this kind gathered in one place could be found in his book Notes from an Evil Time (Zapisi iz vremena zla) published by NGO Gariwo in 2009 The Book of Sorrow and Monition is, in some way, a continuation of the aforementioned Notes from an Evil Time. In the Notes is spoken mainly about the experience of war, and this book discusses the experiences of the postwar period which arising from the war.
This book is, therefore, a presentation of continuous action of Lazar Manojlović in denouncing the moral collapse of BH society and presentation of his quixotic, civilized, non-violent, and largely institutional struggle to save what can be saved...