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Somewhere from afar a black crow flew over Prague. It circled above the National Museum building above the headlights and listening devices of the German army and headed down Wenceslas Square to Můstek. Perhaps the crow was surprised by the noise it had heard and the picture it saw below. – František Kocourek, making a Czech Radio broadcast in 1939 as German troops occupied Prague. The broadcaster was arrested by the Gestapo and died in Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Looking over the fence at a former Gestapo house, Prague, 2018, from the series A Black Crow Flew. Silver gelatin print with text)
The first Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system was installed by Siemens AG at Test Stand VII in Peenemünde, Germany in 1942 for observing the launch of V-2 rockets. It is estimated that more than 9,000 people were killed in WWII by V-2 rockets and a further 12,000 died in forced labour camps manufacturing the rocket. Outside London, Norfolk was the second most targeted area for V-2 bombardment in the United Kingdom. In 1987 King’s Lynn, Norfolk became the first town in the United Kingdom to install CCTV cameras as a means of public surveillance. Four to six million CCTV cameras operate in Britain today. After WWII the engineer of the V-2 rocket, Wernher von Braun, worked for NASA. A crater on the moon’s surface is named after him. (Riot? King’s Lynn, Norfolk, from the series A Black Crow Flew. Silver gelatin print with text).

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