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Literature in Concentration Camps – Judaica

Literatura v obozie [Literature in the camp].

Kraków: Centralna Żydowska Komisja Historyczna przy C.K. Żydów Polskich - Oddział w Krakówie, 1946. Octavo (15.5 × 22.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by cartoonist and satirist Karol Ferster; 76, [8] pp. Numerous illustrations and decorative initials throughout. Light chipping to spine; evenly discolored; still very good.

This collection of essays by Michał Borwicz about life in a concentration camp was published as part of a larger effort for the preservation of memory of the Holocaust by the Central Jewish Historical Committee. The Committee was active in Poland in the years 1944–1947 and was originally involved in collecting the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The effort was large-scale and several thousands of such responses were collected, which were then organized in annotated editions and published in the immediate after-war period when the memory of the Holocaust was still a topic largely unregulated by the communist government or any political agenda.

Michał Borwicz himself worked for the Committee, coming in with a background of a scholar and a writer. His life during the war was marked by turbulence, as he managed to escape the extermination camp in Lviv and was also involved with the underground. In the introductory note by the editors, they present this collection as another step towards telling the full story about life under the Nazi occupation and about the work of the underground resistance movement.

Book ID: 51526

Price: $250.00