Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i.

Silenced Voices

The book will be a modified and expanded version of an electronic publication (Prague: Artefactum 2020), which presented unique documentation related to the requisition of bells from the Sudeten region (1940-1943), and retrieved from the collections of the IAH Documentation Department and private sources. The digitised documentation includes bell registration cards, as well as many photographs and frottages (rubbings), methodological and other implementation material, or contemporary correspondence. The set is extraordinary in many respects, and its comprehensiveness and the extent of pictorial documentation make it unique even in the European context. It provides valuable information not only about the bells, including those which were destroyed, but also about the phenomenon of wartime requisitions and the procedures thereof. The publication uses a form of a picture book with accompanying apparatus (summary / card for each bell, indexes) and introductory essays (in Czech and German). This formal solution reconciles the need for quick access to a very large convolute of material on the one hand, and the "added value" of a scientific critical and contextual approach on the other. The new edition will refine and update the original text, e.g. with regard to the responses to the electronic edition, and enrich the introductory essays with a deeper analysis of the collected material, especially its epigraphic aspects.

Jiří Roháček, Radek Lunga

First updated and extended printed edition in Czech and German, colour illustrations, 2064 pp., Prague 2021
ISBN 978-80-88283-48-5

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