Ideological Commission of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia (1956 - 1965)
Ideological Commission (1956 – 1965) was one of the working bodies of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia in the period 1945-1990. The League of Communists of Yugoslavia was the ruling political organization in the former Yugoslavia, of which the League of Communists of Croatia (LCC) was a part. The LC dictated the overall development of Yugoslav and Croatian society, and Party decisions were largely binding on the state and republic authorities and governmental bodies, as well as for mass political organizations. Party organizations in Yugoslavia, as well as Party organizations in its federal units, were managed by their central committees as the highest organs of the Party between the two congresses. To carry out specific tasks, LC CC established working bodies - permanent or interim commissions to deal with specific issues. One of them was the Ideological Commission founded in 1956.
The commission was composed of several members of CC LCC, headed by the president. The commission was a kind of successor to the Agitation and Propaganda Commission, whose task was to monitor the overall ideological work in Croatia in culture (film, literature, art), education (primary, secondary and higher education), science, sports, media (press, radio and television), the activities of religious communities, notably the Catholic Church, the Marxist education of LC membership, but also the cadres in the network of institutions under their control. The task of the Commission was also to suppress foreign propaganda by both Cold War blocks and also to monitor the highlight of national peculiarities.
Ideological Commission was a crucial factor in overseeing and directing cultural creativity (art, literature, film), media (press, radio and television) and ideological action in education and science in socialist Croatia. All actions that were not in agreement with Party guidelines and their ideological line were considered a form of cultural opposition.
- Šarić, Tatjana