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Ukraine – Children's Book – Published by Displaced Persons

Zviriachyi zymovnyk: kazka dlia ditei [The animal winter house: a fairy tale for children].

Neu-Ulm: Vydavnytstvo "Prometei", [1947]. Quarto (29.7 × 21 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 24 pp. Text printed in brown, with eleven full-page illustratrations by M. Mykhalevych, printed in three colors. Rust to staples; some color bleeding to front wrapper due to old dampness; text overall about very good.

Profusely illustrated children's book for Ukrainian children in the Displaced Persons (DP) community in South Germany. The author, Dmytro Soloviy (1888–1966), appears to have been the compiler of an early history of the Holodomor published in exile: "The Golgotha of Ukraine: eye-witness accounts of the famine in Ukraine" (New York, 1953). In light of this, the tale actually appears to be a thinly veiled allegory of the Ukrainian experience under Soviet rule, aimed at a juvenile audience. A motley crew including a cow, a ram, a goose, and a rooster, all of which are sporting Ukrainian national garb (with the cow dressed in a military-style coat with a sash) have found a cozy winter home in the forest and are getting along fine until a scheming group of predators including (fox, wolf, and bear) try to invade the home, but are rebuffed by the four friends.

Published as a supplement to the Ukrainan journal "Skaut" (Scout).

With the printed censor's note: "Published under DP-Publications Authorization EUCOM Civil Affairs Division APO 757, A.G. 383. 7_GEC-AGO."

As of April 2023, OCLC show three copies, all in North America.

Book ID: 52262

Price: $450.00