Early Work on Bolshevik Terror against Lithuanians

Mirties kolona: prie Červenēz nužudytiens atminti [Column of death: in memory of those killed at Červenēz].

Chicago: "Draugas", [1947]. Octavo (22.8 × 15.2 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 252 pp. Good or better; oxidation to staples; wear and small loss to rear wrapper; stamp of a defunct Lithuanian organization in exile.

A chilling, partly. fictionalized account of the gruesome Chervyen massacre (known as Červenės žudynės in Lithuanian), written by one of its few survivors. The campaign in late June of 1941 saw Lithuanian, Polish, and Belarusian political prisoners marched from Minsk toward Soviet Russia, with the majority executed along the way and in a forest between Chervyen and Bobruisk in Eastern Belarus. It is believed that only approximately forty of the Lithuanian prisoners survived. Such executions took place in various places following the beginning of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

The designer of the wrapper was Jonas Pilipauskas (1912–1983), a Lithuanian-American artist, who was born in Hartford, but raised in Lithuania, before returning in 1931. He was a leading editor and contributor to the Lithuanian press in the United States, before studying art at RISD and the University of Chicago, eventually working for Sears, Roebuck and Co.

As of July 2022, KVK, OCLC show eleven copies, mostly in North America.

Book ID: 52176