"But maybe the single most remarkable example of 20th-century totalitarian invective against jazz that Skvorecky ever relayed was here in the intro to The Bass Saxophone
, where he recalls -- faithfully, he assures us ("they had engraved themselves deeply on my mind") -- a set of regulations, issued by a Gauleiter -- a regional official for the Reich -- as binding on all local dance orchestras during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia.
A collection of photographs taken over the last 150 years are in the process of being digitized. Check out
the Sokol costume ball Šibřinky
or take a trip
from Bechyně to Tábor
. Also available is a selection concentrating on Bukhara
from the Prokudin-Gorsky Collection. And much