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Psychological Warfare Division - KZ - Bildbericht aus fünf Konzentrationslagern - 1945

Offered for auction is an extremely rare (!) publication by the American War Information Office related published soon after the war to increase awareness of the atrocities that had occurred. It contains post-liberation photographs at Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Nordhausen, and Ohrdruf concentration camps and the site of the Gardelagen massacre. Contains 44 photographs, taken during the liberation of five concentration camps: Buchenwald, Belsen, Gardelegen, Nordhausen and Ohrdruf. First photo publication in postwar Germany. Problems with distribution meant that it was not as widely seen as was intended and its delicate nature, along with its challenging subject matter, mean that very few survive and it is not known how many were produced.

. The aim of publishing this brochure by the American Office of War Information and the Psychological Warfare Division was to show the German population the horror of the death camps in Germany. However because of the inefficiency of the distribution most of the pamphlets were given to prisoners of war camps. Despite the large number of the publication only a few copies remained. The photographs of the pamphlet played important role as evidences in the Nuremberg Trials.It includes the famous and controversial photo of the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in Buchenwald (first published in the "New York Times" on May 6, 1945 with the caption "Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald" taken inside Block 56 by Private H. Miller of the Civil Affairs Branch of the U. S. Army.

Very rare and historic item, almost impossible to find!

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Militaria
Author/ Illustrator Psychological Warfare Division
Book Title KZ - Bildbericht aus fünf Konzentrationslagern
Condition Fair
Publication year oldest item 1945
Edition 1st Edition
Language German
Original language Yes
Binding/ Material Softback
Number of pages 32
Dimensions 1×1 in
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