1943 · London
by HEMAR, Marian (pseud Marian Hescheles)
London: New Europe Publishing Co, 1943. First English Language Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pictorial wrappers; 50pp. A pristine copy, very Near Fine and uncommon thus. "Translated from the Polish original" (translator not credited). A deeply pessimistic but insightful essay in which Hemar identifies Hitler as a symptom, not a cause, of European fascism. Hemar cautions against the instinct to satire and ridicule the Nazi leader; points to Hitler's many accomplishments -- at least in the eyes of his subjects -- and warns: "Owing to an inadequate knowledge of the Germans, their psychology and character, the world has for many years underestimated Hitler as the expression of German collective will." This cataloguer will not refrain from pointing out the contemporary relevance of Hemar's insights.
Marian Hemar (1901-1972), exiled Polish Jewish poet and journalist, settled in England in 1941, where his weekly Polish-language broadcasts on Radio Free Europe earned him considerable notoriety in his native land. This work rather uncommon, especially in such nice condition, and a little-recognized but significant work of Holocaust-era Polish exile literature. (Inventory #: 45839)