Krakow: Nakdalem Stowarzyszenia "Opieka nad Oswiecimiem" 1948. First edition. Softcover. Oblong sextodecimo. 6x 7.5". 24 leaves, including 20 plates of images. String-tied tan and grey wrappers with black and white lettering, and a triangle graphic on the front cover. We believe this publication to be the earliest official photo-illustrated monograph on the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
This scarce book, published by "the association for the maintenance of Auschwitz" (Auschwitz Musuem), is illustrated throughout with 20 plates of b/w rotogravure reproductions of harrowing photographic images taken in the wake of liberation and powerful original artwork of, and inspired by the camp. One of the photographic plates is a triple fold-out, showing a panorama of the barracks of the Birkenau camp, measuring a total of 21x5.5" (here counted as one plate). Of additional note is the fact that this book contains one of the four now infamous Sonderkommando photographs (known as "no.281") and is possibly the first publication of any of these images. There are numerous images from the interior and exterior of the musuem. The final five plates contain artwork from Auschwitz survivors Tadeusz Myszkowski, Jan Komski-Baras, Mieczysław Kościelniak, Jerzy Adam Brandhuber and Adam Franciszek Jaźwiecki, depicting their experiences.
Each visual plate is captioned in Russian, Polish, French and English at the bottom of the opposite page. The first four pages contain a brief introduction in each of the languages.
Wrappers with some staining, as well as some light rubbing, chipping and closed tears along the edges and to corners. Interior with some plates stained and/or smudged, with images mostly unaffected. One plate has has an abrasion in the margin. The verso of the last page contains notes in ink from a previous owner. Wrappers in good-, interior in good condition overall. Extremely scarce. Protected by modern mylar. g- to g. Item #45454