Members of the Society of Czech Bookbinders have followed with horror
the TV news about the devastations caused by Hurricane Katrina. We feel
so sorry for all the people whose lives have changed so unexpectedly by
this natural disaster.
It was only a few years ago when the Czech Republic was stricken by
flood. People whose houses were damaged are still recovering from that
terrible event. It was disaster of a smaller range than Hurricane
Katrina, but we can understand how people feel in such situation.
American bookbinders helped our people, especially those whose damages
were the worst, and we are very thankful for that.
In our experience, what helped most were two things: First: concern of
other people (including real help with saving lives, but also cleaning,
supplying with dehumidifiers, etc.) Second, but with the same
The Board of the Society of Czech Bookbinders has spent a long time
discussing the question of how Czech bookbinders could help American
bookbinders who need help most of all. Unfortunately, we are not able to
bring any help covering those two most important categories. We are too
far away to come and help personally. Money is out of the question,
because the Czech Corona is so low that even the largest amount which we
would be able to collect would be close to nothing in U.S. dollars.
We want to help somehow, but our help would have to be moral support
most of all. We want to send our sympathy in form of something beyond
what is basic.
We are able to supply some art. We would like to send nice graphics and
paintings to bookbinders who are putting their homes back to normal.
Then they will be able to put some nice art on their walls. We would
choose only art done by good Czech artists. We could even frame it and
send without glass. If there are bookbinders who would be willing to
accept this offer, let us, please, know their names.
We are aware that this form of help is not actual help, but it is meant
from the bottom of our hearts - meant to cheer up those people whose
homes are in ruin now.
Thank you for reading this and please, let us know addresses of
bookbinders, or other members of Guild of Book Workers or the Miniature
Book Society, whose houses would use Czech art, after they are in good
Jarmila Sobota for the Society of Czech Bookbinders.
Phone: 352 685 130