Early Account of Pankrác and Theresienstadt Imprisonment

Pankrác - Terezín, Malá pevnost [Pankrác - Terezín, Small Fortress].

Prague: self-published (printed by Knihtiskárna Bureš), 1946. Octavo (23 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 187, [5] pp. Laid in separately is a booklet of fifty-five sepia photographs on 12 leaves. About very good; light overall wear; small tear to lower right corner of front wrapper.

Early account of the author's experiences in both the notorious Gestapo-run Pankrác prison and the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín). Prof. Antonin Macht was a political prisoner at the camp. A collector of Slovak legends and author of language textbooks, Macht was a professor at a secondary school in Prague before and during German occupation. Arrested for “anti-German manifestations” he was sent to Terezín in the Spring of 1943. In this hybrid work published shortly after liberation, Macht documents his life under German occupation and his experiences at the camp. The text closes with a section on women at the Terezín camp by Táňa Kulišová, a teacher who was likely arrested with Macht and was also an inmate at the camp. The appended booklet includes photographs of the atrocities as well as drawings of inmates. Established in 1941, the camp housed mainly prominent members of the Czech Jewish community, and was used as a way station to extermination camps. Political prisoners such as Macht were in the minority, with this text offering the political prisoner perspective on the horrors of internment.

The book is accompanied by a booklet of fifty-five photographs showing camp commanders, prison cells after the camp liberation, views of prisoners marching, burial sites, and gruesome images of dead victims and emaciated survivors. Four images show drawings created in the camp by Ema Blažková (1924-2003).

As of August 2021, KVK, OCLC show only two copies in North America.

Book ID: P6431