The one who knew where the serbian King rests

The academic Radoslav Grujić was a Serbian Orthodox theologian and historian, a corresponding member of SANU.

Academic Grujić was born in Zemun in 1878. During the First World War in 1914, he was arrested as a traitor and then imprisoned. In the period from 1919 to 1920, he worked as a professor in Belgrade, and then moved to Skopje where he taught national history, to be dean of the same faculty from 1930 to 1933, and from 1935 to 1937.

In 1927, Professor Grujić found the remains of the founder, Emperor Dušan, in the ruins of the monastery of the Holy Archangels in Prizren, the endowment of Emperor Dušan. Today, Tsar Dusan rests in the church of St. Mark in Belgrade.

During World War II, the professor took care of Serbian refugees and collected materials about the genocide committed against Serbs during the war. In April 1942, using his personal acquaintance, he managed to secure the transfer of the relics of Serbian saints, Prince Lazar from the Bešenovo monastery, and the desecrated relics of Emperor Uroš from the Jazak monastery on Fruška gora, and despot Stefan Štiljanović from the Šišatovac monastery. It was then stated that the Ustashas looted all the valuables and possessed the relics.

He started the initiative to return the treasure of the Serbian Orthodox Church, looted from churches and monasteries in the territories of the Independent State of Croatia, to the church. The communist authorities allowed only "cultural and historical objects" looted in Serbia and Vojvodina to be returned to the church as part of it, but the icons and valuables looted in Croatia should remain there. Instead of 40 wagons of valuables, only 11 arrived in Belgrade in 1946.

On September 1, 1945 Professor Grujić, academic and Serbian patriot, was deprived of the Serbian national honor because radio Belgrade broadcasted his lectures from Kolarac during the German occupation. Until the end of his life, which he spent in poverty, he studied the history of the church.

He died on Hvar during his medical treatment.

That is how the man who protected the chest of the greatest Serbian emperor with his life in 1942 died.

Eternal glory and thanks to him on behalf of all of us.



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