Warsaw: Wydawnictwo "Prasa Wojskowa", 1949. Large octavo (26.4 × 18.3 cm). Original photo-illustrated staple-stitched self-wrappers; 31,  pp. First leaf with recent tape repair to upper corner; a few nicks; still about very good.
Surprisingly scarce account of the Battle of Stalingrad, photo-illustrated and with numerous striking photomontages by Mieczysław Berman, printed in black and red. Berman's early work was largely inspired by Dada and Constructivism. Under the influence of John Heartfield and the Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (AIZ) he gradually turned to overtly political photomontage and created his famous anti-Nazi photomontage works. After the end of WWII, the country was increasingly under Soviet rule by proxy. Even though the Polish People's Republic was not created until 1952, the 1947 election marked the undisputed dominance of the communists, and in 1949, the Soviet Marshal Rokossovsky was named Minister of National Defense, which may explain the publication of the present pamphlet in the same year. As of February 2021, KVK and OCLC only show one copy outside Poland, in North America.
Book ID: 51226