[Munich]: [Ukrainian League of Political Prisoners], [ca. 1947]. First edition. Softcover. Oblong 24mo. 4.5 x 7".  10 plates . Illustrated blue and brown wrappers, with blue lettering on the front cover. A striking collection of 10 images created by Ukrainian artist Olena Vityk-Voitovych (1921-2013), illustrating her own harrowing experiences as a prisoner in the infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp for women, during WWII. This scarce work, unlike most similar works from the period, contains images printed in full color, each captioned with text in Ukrainian underneath. The images here show the hardships of Ukrainian women who were prisoners at the camp and is dedicated to their daily struggles to survive. After the war, Vityk-Voitovych was commissioned to create this group of ten images by the Ukrainian League of Political Prisoners (founded in 1947) in Munich, who published the book for the purpose of raising money for Ukrainian survivors and DPs. In 1992 the artist published a second expanded and updated version of the book, with text in both Ukrainian and English, which included newer versions of her original images (painted in 1988). This powerful work provides real and emotional insight into the experiences of women who suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany during this horroffic period.
Wrappers with rubbing to extremities, and a few light scratches. Back cover with a small closed tear at the top. Small white paper label with handwriting on blue ink pasted on near the tail of the spine. Ink stamp of the Shevchenko Scientific Society at the top of the first page. All pages throughout clean and bright, with minor age toning. Wrappers in good+, interior in near fine condition overall. g+ to near fine. Item #51235