Český skauting za druhé světové války : Podle deníků Jarmila Burghausera
Czech Scouting during the Second World War : The diaries of Jarmil Burghauser
Die tschechische Pfadfinderbewegung im zweiten Weltkrieg – nach den Tagebüchern von Jarmil Burghauser
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This article looks at Scouting from the perspective of J. Burghauser (1921–1997), the well-known musicologist and composer, using his personal diaries from the 1940–1945 period, written in Ancient Greek and as yet unstudied. As such, the article presents these unique recollections to the general public for the first time. The focus of attention is given over to the running of the 2nd Prague Scout Troop, which even after the banning of the Scouts in autumn 1940, continued as an undercover scout troop in various structures up until May 1945. During this time, Burghauser helped troop head Jaroslav Foglar as his deputy. The article concludes with a discussion of the possible motives for Burghauser to use Ancient Greek in his diary entries, coming to a position that rather than an attempt at masking the undercover scouting activities, the diary author was instead attempting to improve his personal language skills in a language whose culture, in particular Ancient Greece, he had considerable respect for.
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