Prague - 70 years ago, German Wermacht army began to occupy the borderland regions of multi-ethnic Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland.
Seven years later, as Nazi Germany lost the war, more than two million Germans had to leave the country. Many parts of the borderland were irreparably devastated in the process.
Many people stormed Sudetenland after their German inhabitants were expelled, plundering and destroying it.
In some places, houses were left to decay, other areas were damaged by brown coal mining.
Czechoslovak army also participated in the process of gradual destruction.
Unique photos collected by Antikomplex civic association that published a book called Zmizelé Sudety (Lost Sudetes) show how the border areas changed dramatically in the course of the 20th century.
Antikomplex association maps the history and life in the Czech-German border regions.
You can see the association´s website here (in Czech and German).