“WE ARE NOT YET FREE OF THE BURDEN OF THE PAST”: RARE HOLOCAUST PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM, PRINTED AT BERGEN-BELSEN, 1946
(JUDAICA-HOLOCAUST) OLEVSKI, Rafael et al., editors. Undzer Churban in Bild. Our Destruction in Pictures. Collected and Edited by: Rafael Olevski, Dawid Rosental, Paul Trepman. Under the auspices of the Central Committee of the Liberated Jews in the British Zone. Bergen-Belsen: Published by “Our Voice,” December 1946. Oblong folio (12 by 15 inches), original half black cloth and pictorial front paper wrapper; 38 leaves printed on recto only. $3200.
First edition of one of the earliest defining collections of images of the Holocaust, printed at Bergen-Belsen, with original front color wrapper, rarely found, and 115 photogravures.
The editors of this rare photographic album, containing 115 photogravures of the Lodz Ghetto, the Warsaw Ghetto and much more, write herein: “The incentive to produce this collection gave us our deepest desire to show the world the crimes of Germany, to give expression to the throttled cry of pain of the Jews… the desire to bring back to our memories the Jewish settlements which were drowned in torrents of Jewish blood. May the world have this knowledge and ponder on it… When words are too weak and too poor to convey the destruction and extermination of Jewish life, may these pictures, found by accident on arrested S. S. soldiers, speak for themselves of the bestiality which will forever bring shame on human kind” (7). Containing 115 photogravures printed on heavy card stock; collected and edited by Rafael Olevski, Dawid Rosental and Paul Trepman. With text and captions in Yiddish, Hebrew, English and German.
Text and images fresh and clean, light edge-wear, faint soiling to wrappers, minor restoration to spine. A near-fine copy.