Descriptions and images of food frequently appear in secret police documentation on religious minorities and underground groups as incriminating evidence. In times of scarcity and limited resources, photographs of abundant food reserves confiscated from repressed religious groups or individuals were intended to show believers as treacherous spongers and criminal black-marketeers. In reality, it was economic hardship that often prompted religious communities to function as food banks. Religious networks redistributed food and other sources amongst their members when other formal or informal supports could non-longer ensure well-being, or in some extreme cases survival.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme No. 677355