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Yugoslav Partisan Publishing

Položaj žene v SSSR [The situation of women in the USSR].

[Slovenia: self-published, 1944]. Octavo (21 × 17.2 cm). Original side-stapled pictorial wrappers; 23 pp. of mimeographed typescript to rectos and versos. Trace of rust to staples; light wear to spine; still very good.

First and only edition of this overview of womens' rights prior to, during, and after the 1917 Revolution. Though unattributed, the pamphlet was apparently isued by Slovene partisans, part of a larger anti-fascist Yugoslav resistance movement, the most successful anti-Nazi force to emerge on Axis-occupied territory. The first resistance groups arose in 1941, in response to the new Nazi-puppet government of the Independent State of Croatia. Using guerilla warfare tactics, sabotage, and a makeshift, yet highly effective underground printing and propaganda effort, the partisans scored key victories and eventually swelled to a 110.000 people-strong force, the largest and most successful of the Yugoslav partisan troops. Produced in small numbers, using low-quality stock and crude forms of reproduction technologies, publications by the Yugoslav partisans are rare today. Women played a key role in the Partisan movement and there were numerous journals aimed at female partisan fighters, such as Žena u borbi, Antifašistkinja, and Udarnica. See also: B. Wiesinger, Partisaninnen: Widerstand in Jugoslawien (1941–1945); J. Batinic, Women and Yugoslav Partisans: A History of World War II Resistance. This title was not included in the 2017 catalog, “The Partisans: The Underground Society” (by Daša Pahor and Alexander Johnson). Rajkovic, Bibliografija izdanja u narodnooslobodilačkom ratu, 6683.

As of June 2021, KVK and OCLC only show a copy in Germany, with none found in North America.

Book ID: 51357

Price: $450.00