Linz-Wien: Ibis-Verlag, 1946. 1st ed. Paperback. Very Good. Unpaginated. Begins with a few pages of introductory text and a grainy reproduction of an aerial photograph of Mauthausen. The bulk of the book consists of 25 illustrations (drawings and other compositions by Wiesenthal) printed on one side with versos blank. Brief titling and some text on a separate leaf which precedes each of the illustrations (except the last). Browning and a couple of small stains on original wrapper with text and illustration printed on front cover in red and black. 30cm. This is the first edition of Wiesenthal's first book. Wiesenthal was born in the Ukraine, trained as an architect in Prague and somehow survived a variety of concentration and labor camps (and being caught nine months after a successful escape from one of them) between 1941 and 1945. His final camp was Mauthausen, a labor extermination camp ("vernichtung durch arbeit") in Austria, where he was in the process of being skeletonized on a daily diet of 200 calories per day before the camp was liberated on May 5, 1945. This book by Wiesenthal, with its chilling portrayal of the cruelty and horror of Germany's determination to exterminate Jews and others, was one of the first books by any of the survivors of those camps. Wiesenthal, of course, achieved lasting renown as a tireless Nazi Hunter for devoting much of the rest of his life to helping to hunt down and identify those who had been involved in this genocide. (Inventory #: 85742)
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