Anti-Soviet Propaganda in Post-War Germany

Chernyi god dlia kommunizma [A black year for communism].

[Munich?]: self-published, 1957. Octavo (21 × 15). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 16 pp of mimeographed text to rectos and versos. Library of Congress "Surplus Duplicate" stamp to front wrapper. Very good.

The violent anti-communist uprisings in Hungary and Poland as well as Tibet, Turkistan and Ukraine in 1956 are the subject of this self-published pamphlet. The publication offers detailed information about the uprisings, which was otherwise unavailable through official Soviet channels. News of these events often leaked to the public through such underground publications. Although no information could be found about the specific publication or its author, the pamphlet was likely printed in Germany as the text mentions returning German POWs as sources of information. No organization is credited, but a number of anti-communist Russian groups operated in post-war Germany and published similar literature, specifically NTS (National Alliance of Russian Solidarists) and TsOPE (Central Association of Political Emigrants from the USSR). These organizations were actively, though covertly, supported by the CIA, and their publications often contained pro-American messages (see John Prados, Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 2006; pp. 72-75). The chilling image of hangmen on the cover of the pamphlet and its pink cover were clearly designed to draw attention and inspire curiosity. The author, who likely wrote under a pseudonym, published one other pamphlet on the same topic: “Narostaiushchaia volna: Vengria, Poznan’, Tbilisi, Kingir, Vorkuta, Berlin” [The cresting wave: Hungary, Poznan, Tbililisi, Kingir, Vorkuta, Berlin]. Munich, 1956. As of November 2019, this item is not in KVK and OCLC (which do show a copy of the “Narastaiushchaia volna” at Harvard, Munich and Leibniz-Institut für Ost-und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg). Not held by the Russian State or National Libraries. Not in Savine.

Book ID: P6670