Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

Postcard Binder - "The Black Album" – An Early Visual Documentation of Nazi Crimes in Europe, April 1940

Opening: $3,000
Sold for: $3,750
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The Black Album. Published by the Anti-Nazi League, Tel-Aviv, April 1940. Hebrew, English and French.
Complete postcard binder composed of ten postcards. This binder is a very early public visual documentation, maybe the first of its kind, of Nazi crimes in Europe, especially in vanquished Poland.
The anti-Nazi league, which published the binder in April 1940, aimed to set up "propaganda and publicity in Israel and abroad against the Nazi regime, the Nazi spirit and racial hate". These ideas have been realized in this binder. Not only in the photographs printed on the postcards, but also and especially in the words of introduction added by the anti-Nazi league members. Printed on the inner side of the cover: "Hitlerism means return to the savagery of the dark Middle Ages. In Poland, the Jews are compelled to wear on their backs the yellow badge as reproduced on the envelope of the Black Album. The Black Album contains the first series of pictures disclosing Nazi atrocities in Poland. The Black Album gives a vivid description of the Nazi regime and its cruel systems. Everybody is hereby enabled to unmask Hitlerism by sending the post-cards of the Album to his friends and acquaintances all over the world". Similar words appear in the introduction: "… In Hitler's Germany, vast concentration camps have been erected where Nazi sadists torture their unfortunate victims to an extent never before conceived by human imagination. In these camps of suffering and death, the prisoners, principally Jewish, are submitted to most cruel corporal and spiritual humiliation, to hard labor, starvation and severe molestation leading to aberration of the mind and death". Each postcard is titled - Death in Hitler's steps, Nazi hangmen at work, One of the hundreds of victims in Poland, Nazi slave traders, Kidnapping, A horrible race, Migration of nations into misery, Nazi victims converted into ashes. The postcards are accompanied by captions, specifying some of the methods of Nazi brutality and destruction which were publicly verified and published only years later: death of thousands from disease, cold and hunger; daily execution and hanging of bodies on gallows in central streets of Polish cities; backbreaking labor; cleaning streets with mouths and hands; cremating bodies to ash, etc. The titles are in English. The introduction is in Hebrew and English. The captions are in Hebrew and French.
[8] pages, [10 postcards], [8] pages. Postcards 10x14 cm. binder 10.5X16 cm. Good condition. Minor spots. Several postcards partly detached.
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