Wels, Austria: NP, 1945. First edition. Pamphlet. Large quartos. 16, 16, 16, 20, 26, 4, 2pp. Mimographed staple-bound typescript pamphlets. First issue reproduced in facsimile. This scarce weekly journal was produced by liberated Hungarian holocaust survivors at the Alpenjäger camp in Wels, Austria, in the summer of 1945. Printed in Hungarian, and edited by György Láng (1908–1976) and István Ádám (1914?–?), the issues contain camp news, literature (including short stories and poems), medical advice, entertainment reviews, and crossword puzzles among other content. Of particular interest are unusual stories found in the section of police news reports on smuggling, theft, burglary and forgery and even murders at the camp, or others in the surrounding areas. This periodical was published for only 5 issues plus a "Special" and a "Farewell issue" for a total of 7 issues, issued June 14 - July 12, 1945. Here issue #1 is missing.
The editors and the readership were Hungarian former inmates of various local concentration camps who had been moved to the Alpenjager camp after liberation. The camp was a former infantry barracks which had been turned into a DP camp by the Americans. Little is known about Istvan Adam, but György Láng was a successful writer and journalist and composer who wrote a number of biographies of famous classical composers, before and after the war, including Bach, Bartok and Beethoven. He himself composed a piece titled "Concerto Ebraico", during the Holocaust, which was performed in Budapest after the war.
Text in Hungarian.
Some bindings and some leaves loose. Some smudges, water stains, light soiling to a number of pages. In most of these instances the text is mostly decipherable. Markings in pencil throughout, from the original owner. Some light closed tears and/or light chipping to extremities. Issues in overall fair to very good- condition overall. Extrmely Scarce. fair to vg-. Item #45143