Auction 11
Jewish and Israeli History and Culture

Lot Number 220

Salamandra – Original Copy With Author’s Corrections

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Lot Number 220

Salamandra – Original Copy With Author’s Corrections

Salamandra, Ka Tzetnik 135633. [1946]. Yiddish.
The original copy of the book “Salamandra”, typewritten on thin paper, with many remarks in the author’s handwriting. The first edition of the book is apparently based on the present manuscript.
Yehiel Denur (1917-2001), native of Poland, was among the Auschwitz Death Camp survivors, where he lost his entire family. He immigrated to Israel via Italy with the “Brycha” and devoted his life to writing about his life experiences at the camp, while remaining completely anonymous and using the pseudonym K. Tzetnik. His identity was revealed at the Eichmann trial, as he was summoned to the witness stand. His first book Zwei Un Zwanzig was published by “Kultur Lige” (Warsaw, 1931), however he did whatever he could to destroy copies of this book. He took three weeks to write “Salamandra” right after his release from the camp, apparently during his stay at the Machaneh Akurim in Italy. The manuscript was brought to Israel, translated into Hebrew and first published in 1946.
[2], 97; 129; 45; 48; 10; 18 leaves (a total of 349 leaves). 33 cm. Typewritten on one side of the leaf. Good condition. Few stains and wrinkles. Plain, damaged binding.

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