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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Prague: Podskalska Street

Podskalska Street.

Friends sublet an apartment there at number 22. Page 56.

Libri Prohibiti:  During the Nazi and Communist years, writers continued to create and publish underground literature. These are displayed and preserved in a Prague second-floor downtown apartment. The original location of the Library of Prohibited Books was Podskalska Street; now it is at Senovazne. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libri_Prohibiti.   See also  bol.praguepost.com/categories/93/2673/. See also ://www.kontakt.erstegroup.net/report/stories/Libri+Prohibiti/en 

Libraries have a long and distinguished history in Czech lands, beginning with the 9th Century. Societies, castles, towns, monasteries. See the Czech Library and Information Portal, History of Libraries in the Czech Republic, at ://knihovnam.nkp.cz/english/sekce.php3?page=05_History.htm&PHPSESSID=4d3a4a7b5879ed2ca11802f0c8878362.  The Strahov Library, in the Strahov Monastery near Prague Castle, houses collections dating from the 12th Century, but with materials predating that by centuries, is open to the public but materials do not circulate, see ://www.prague.cz/strahov-library/.  Stay in the Hall and read.

During the Nazi Occupation, 1939-1945, books with democratic or progressive themes that did not support the political ideology were removed, and Fascist materials fostered. In 1945, with liberation, libraries again stocked shelves with the previously forbidden materials. Then the shift back again: There was a continuing limit on availability of topics during the Communist years.  There was a strict censorship by 1970. And, in 1989, with the "Velvet Revolution", libraries again displayed a wide range of subject matter.  See the History of Libraries site at ://knihovnam.nkp.cz/english/sekce.php3?page=06_Transf.htm&PHPSESSID=4d3a4a7b5879ed2ca11802f0c8878362/

The Library faces Gorky Square, and this article gives the flavor of it, its history and vibes - findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1295/is_n8_v57/ai_13201825; also libpro.cts.cuni.cz/clan32.htm

Library buffs may like a summer program in Prague, see ://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/SamplePragueSchedule.pdf

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