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Ukrainian Displaced Persons (DP) Publishing

Ostanni dni Hitlera [The Last Days of Hitler].

Augsburg: Pu-Hu (printed by Verlag Hieronymus Mühlberger), 1948. Octavo (21 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched photo-illustrated wrappers on pink stock; 55 pp. Illustrated from photographs. Very good.

First and only Ukrainian edition of Trevor-Roper's 1947 report on the circumstances of Hitler's death and the last ten days of his life. The author (1914-2003) was commissioned by British Intelligence in Germany to create a definitive account incorporating the reports of German prisoners and files of American counterintelligence. Trevor-Roper went on to a university teaching career and authored numerous books on a variety of historical subjects, but also caused controversy with claims that Hitler was a systematic and original thinker and a political "genius."

The present translation also reproduces a number of photographs included in the English edition, including the shot of Vyacheslav Molotov shaking hands with Rudolf Hess in Berlin. It was published by and for Ukrainian Displaced Persons (DP), stateless refugees in post-war Germany, in Augsburg, which was a main center of the Ukrainian diaspora. Such books, which included original works, political manifestos, and eyewitness accounts of WWII, were often printed in very small print runs and on highly brittle paper. They were issued under very difficult conditions, despite a lack of material resources, paper, and strict military censorship rules.

Book ID: 52273

Price: $750.00