Roerich and the Fight for Culture

Nikolay Raynov


In 1930, at the initiative of Nikolay Raynov, was founded the Bulgarian Roerich Society. This brief essay, written and published by Raynov in the Newspaper Zarya 1933, aims to introduce the oeuvre of Nicholas Roerich and his ideas of Pax Cultura – peace trough culture – to a larger Bulgarian audience. Raynov argues that it is not enough to create oeuvres of art, i.e. to write books or to paint pictures, but that it is also necessary to fight for the protection of cultural works and monuments, especially in times of conflict and war. In this sense, this brief essay can be conceived as a call to the Bulgarian public to join the Roerich Pact, elaborated in 1928/1929.




Nicholas Roerich, Art, Culture, Peace, Banner of Peace

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Corona Mundi. Roerich. New York: Corona Mundi Inc., 1924.

Raynov, Nikolay. "Roerich i borbata za kultura" ("Roerich and the Fight for Culture"), in Zlatorog, No. 7, 1933, 333-335.

Roerich, Nicholas. "Paths of Blessing", Part I, in The Herald of the Star, Vol. X, No.12, 1921: 325-327.

Roerich, Nicholas. "Love the Book", in idem. Fiery Stronghold. Boston: The Stratford Company, 1933a, 161-167.

Roerich, Nicholas. "Salutations to our Cultural Societies," in idem. Fiery Stronghold. Boston: The Stratford Company Publishers, 1933b, 181.



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