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File 3/1900 from the Putna Monastery Archive. The Autobiography of Hegoumen Teofil Patraș, the 1904 Putna Celebration and other events from 1897–1936 | p. 95–230

Bukovina, King Carol II, Prince Konrad de Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Putna Monastery, Stephen the Great, Teofil Patraş, World War I


The paper presents File 3/1900 from the Putna Monastery Archive, which contains the autobiography of Teofil Patraș, hegoumen of Putna Monastery between 1901 and 1917, the 1904 Putna Celebration, which marked 400 years from the death of Stephen the Great, information on Vasile Renney of Herszeni, hegoumen of Putna Monastery (1898–1900), on the visit of future King Carol II of Romania to Putna, and also information on Metropolitan Vladimir of Repta and Visarion Puiu of Cernăuți and the beginning of the First World War, 1914–1916.
The most extensive part is the detailed description of the 1904 Putna Celebration. It mentions the stages of the organization, the members of the organizing committees – starting with Iancu Flondor, and the names of the participants. It includes the texts of the telegrams with supportive messages and the speeches made by Priest Zaharia Voronca, Priest and Professor Teodor Tarnavschi and historian Dimitrie Onciul. The file also contains press articles on the celebration and a description of the wreaths brought as gifts to the monastery. Special attention is granted to the participation of the President of the Duchy of Bucovina, Prince Konrad of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, and to the attitude of Bukovina Romanians towards Emperor Francis Joseph I.
For the history of mentalities, the 1904 Putna Celebration is a continuation of the First Putna Celebration of Romanians from All Over the World, held in 1871 to honor Stephen the Great as a founding fatherer, a model and a patron saint of the Romanians. The texts in the file underline the loyalty of the Bukovina Romanians to the Austrian Empire and at the same time their awareness that they belong to the Romanian nation. The two belongings are in balance as the state allows manifestations of Romanian identity and the Romanians are good citizens.