Fate of confiscated books

The National Library has initiated unique research documenting confiscated books and books dispossessed and brought to Czechoslovakia during World War II or shortly afterwards. These books were scattered among many institutions and a large number of books were lost forever. Nevertheless, they form an integral part of our cultural heritage and are often the only mementos of their original owners. They also represent examples of the way cultural heritage is/has been treated.

Number of documented volumes


Basic information about the project

The project Books Discovered Once Again is funded by EEA and Norway Grants within the Programme CZ 06 - Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Art. The seventeen-month international project aimed at books confiscated or brought to the country is running from 1 January 2015 to 31 May 2016. The principle project implementer is the National Library of the Czech Republic, and the foreign partner is the Norwegian foundation Stiftelsen Arkivet.

National Library

The principle project implementer

The National Library of the Czech Republic is a state-funded organization under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The extent of its collection makes it the largest and also one of the oldest public libraries in the Czech Republic. The library's main premises are in Prague in the historical Jesuit College in Clementinum. The National Library has several depositories and storerooms.

The collection of historical and modern literature contains over 7 million library items. Each year, over 70 thousand new titles are added to the library.


Stiftelsen Arkivet

Foreign partner

Stiftelsen Arkivet is a centre based in Kristiansand in southern Norway focusing on the ongoing study of World War II. Among its activities are research, documentation and education activities for professionals and the general public. It takes part in scientific research and education and organizes exhibitions and conferences.

The institution's central purpose is to retell the history of World War II in a way that will form attitudes leading to lasting peace and democracy.