Cover Osteuropa 7/2005

In Osteuropa 7/2005

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Czech Censorship in Literature 1948–1968

Ivo Bock

Deutsche Fassung


Between 1948 and 1968, Czech literary censorship went through several phases that differed according to the censorship criteria in force and the competence and assertiveness of certain censorship agencies. While the management of publishing houses and editorial boards saw to the suppression of undesirable information during the Stalin era, the censorship office, which was established in 1953, saw itself as the central control agency during the thaw. Starting in 1963, however, this office was increasingly forced to water-down criteria and to accept objections to its decisions.

(Osteuropa 7/2005, pp. 123–207)