The publication “Lives for Ransom” discusses the exports and forced donations of works of art during the emigration of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia in the years 1938—1942, shown on the case of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Thematically, this volume is a logical follow-up to “Memories Returned” (2007) that traces the history of deposits in the collections of the Museum, which had originally belonged to persons whose identity remains unknown.

Both volumes were published by Tilia and the Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of World War II Victims. The exhibition was on view in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague from June 27 to September 28, 2009. It was an accompanying event to the Holocaust Era Assets Conference, held from June 26—30, 2009, in Prague and Terezín.

Lives for Ransom
authors: Helena Krejčová, Mario Vlček
edition: Czech-English
pages: 424
format: 26.5 x 21 cm, hard cover
ISBN: 978—80-7285—111-9
price: 995,- Kč (in the Museum Shop)

Memories Returned
authors: Helena Krejčová, Mario Vlček
edition: English
format: 26.5 x 21 cm, soft cover
ISBN: 978—80-86904—24-5
price: 250,- Kč (in the Museum Shop)

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