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Prague library to digitize works of Czech Jewish authors

Gustav Meyrink, Otokar Fischer and David Popper among those is collection

Prague, April 12 (ČTK) — Works of Prague Jewish writers and composers of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries owned by the Prague Municipal Library will be available in digital form thanks to a project covered from European subsidies, the library’s spokeswoman Lenka Hanzlíková has told the Czech News Agency.

The digitization of 223,000 pages of literary and musical works will cost 8.5 million Kč.

These works would otherwise be threatened because the paper on which they were printed is crumbling.

“The documents are being prepared now, it is checked whether the books are suitable for the digitization. As soon as we get the scanners, we can begin the work,” the library’s digitization section head Marta Jílková said.

Within the project, 80 percent of the costs of which is covered by the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants and the Norway Grants, the Prague Municipal Library pledged to scan and make available 158,000 pages and scan further 65,000 pages that would not be accessible to the public.

The works to be digitized includes fiction by Hugo Salus, Otokar Fischer, Franz Werfel and Gustav Meyrink, and music by David Popper, Ignaz Moscheles, Julius Schulhoff and Josef Löw. The works of the generation of the so-call Theresienstadt composers will be scanned as well.

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