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WARSAW GHETTO / ROME IMPRINT / POLISH II CORPS: Życie i śmierć ghetta warszawskiego [Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto]

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The first edition of a report on the life in the Warsaw Ghetto was published in Rome after the liberation in WWII by a member of the Polish 2nd Corps.

 

8°, 19 pp., [3 pp] blank, original wrappers with lettering, stapled (minor wear to the spine, otherwise in a good, clean condition).

 

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A pamphlet in Polish language, written by a member of the Polish II Corps and printed in Rome after the liberation describes the situation of the Jews and the underground movement in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The author, signed as I. Luber, was a part of a large group of Polish soldiers, who joined the Allies in the Middle East and North Africa, and in 1943 formed the Polish II Corps.

The Polish II Corps (Drugi Korpus Wojska Polskiego) was formed in 1943, from various units fighting alongside the Allies in all theatres of war, one of them being located in British-held Iraq. The corps consisted not only of Polish soldiers, but also of Jews, Belorussian and Ukrainians. Many Polish soldiers were imprisoned in Gulags by the Soviets from 1939 on and were released in 1941, after the Polish-Russian Military Agreement on 14 August, which allowed for the creation of a Polish Army on Soviet soil.

The Polish II Corps played a major role in the North African and the Italian Campaigns (1941–1945) as part of the British Eighth Army. After the war the division was housed at various locations in England, where they maintained a presence until 1962.

Most of the publications by the Polish II Corps, printed in Italy, are the first-hand accounts on the Russian Gulags, the Warsaw Ghetto and on the campaigns in the Africa and Italy. The list of 60 publications on the Polish II Corps on the inner side of the wrappers offers a valuable insight on the printing activity of the press.

An English edition was published in the following year under the title Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto.

References: OCLC 1150724338.

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