The Sorbs are one of the ethnic minorities in Germany, consosting of about 60.000 people, resided in Lusatia (Lausitz) in the States of Brandenbourg and Saxonia. They speak an own language, Sorbian,. The Serbski muzej in Budyšin (sorbish name) or Bautzen (german name) is the Sorbish Museum, giving account of the sorbish people and including a small library.
The museum was original founded in 1957 in Hoyerswerder as “Museum für sorbische Geschichte und Volkskunde”, resided later to Budyšin/Bautzen. The library was founded somewhere inbetween. That is also shown in the different forms the library stamp is used and the different inks.
- The stamp itself is straight forward: a circle with the name of the museum. But you see, that the signature is sometimes written in the stamp, sometimes somewhere outside of it.
The library is growing and stands free in the museum, without any special oversight or librarian (today). But still you can find quite old books, free to use. This one – as can be seen in the imprint – was produced in the GDR (East Germany).
The library – as the whole museum and most of the signs you find in Lusatia today – are both in German and Sorbish.