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Soviet Report on Majdanek Atrocities

Majdanek w świetle faktów i dokumentów [Majdanek in the light of facts and documents].

Poznań: Nakładem Wojewódzkiego Urzędu, 1947. Octavo (20.5 × 14.5 cm). Original printed staple-stitched wrappers; 26, [1] pp. Wrappers detaching along spine fold, else very good.

Second Polish edition (first edition printed in Kraków in 1945). A rare Soviet report on the atrocities committed at the Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin (Poland), compiled by the Polish-Soviet Extraordinary Commission for the Investigation of the Crimes Committed by the Germans in Lublin. Based on the documents found at the camp, the report provides the names of over a dozen generals, operations managers, and head medical staff of the camp, announcing their guilt in exterminating 1.5 million innocent inmates (with more contemporary estimates of actual casualties still debated but likely lower). The report also details the methods of torture and extermination, including some of the descriptions of gas chambers and crematoria. The liberation of Majdanek in July 1944 was unique for its swiftness, with the camp captured by the Soviet army with its structures and documents almost entirely intact, providing complete incriminating evidence of war crimes. The full text of the report was first published in the Soviet newspaper Krasnaia Zvezda (The Red Star) in September 1944, and shortly translated into Polish and French. The report is notable for obscuring the fact that Jewish prisoners were targeted for extermination, referring to the victims of extermination as “citizen of the Soviet Union and various European nations”, a tactic typical of Soviet WWII accounts. The report was nevertheless used as part of the evidence during Nuremberg Trials.

As of August 2021, KVK, OCLC only show one copy in North America.

Book ID: 51641

Price: $300.00