Administrative Mechanisms of the Transfer of Book Collections in 1918–1954: A Springboard for Research on Book Provenance

Pages 4–26
DOI 10.37520/amnpsc.2021.002
Keywords library history – book culture – confiscated property – Czechoslovakia – administration – cultural heritage
Type of Article Peer-reviewed

SULŽENKO, Marcela a KOKEŠ, Luboš. Správní mechanismy přesunu knižních fondů v letech 1918–1954: odrazový můstek k výzkumu knižní provenience. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Praha: Národní muzeum, 2021, 66(1-2), 4–26. DOI: ISSN 2570-6861 (Print), 2570-687X (Online). Dostupné také z:

Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2021/66/1-2

The history of Czechoslovak private libraries reflected great historical events, specifically in the change of ownership between 1918 and 1945/1954. The biggest change came after the Second World War, when the highest state officials decided to punish war criminals. In general, all Germans were labelled as enemies of the republic and were to bear collective guilt for starting the war. Their punishment included, among other things, the loss of property, which also concerned their libraries. This study focuses on the state administration dealing with such property.

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