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Journey Through Hell

A rare first edition, 'A Woman's Account of her Experiences at the Hands of the Nazis'

Author

Reska Weiss, dustwrapper by George Him

Publisher

Vallentine Mitchell, London, 1961
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 255pp with map frontispiece.

A rare first edition. From the dustwrapper, "Here is an astonishing account of a Huganrian Jewess's experiences at the hands of the Nazis. It is an authentic, first-hand description of the treatment which she, like millions of others, suffered as a victim of Hitler's policy of imposing 'The Final Solution'—the calculated attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe. In this book the crimes for which Eichmann has been charged are seen through the eyes of a brave woman who endured and miraculously survived the inhuman tortures devised by the German conquerors.

Reska Weiss belonged to a prosperous family living in Ungvar (or Uzhorod in its Slavonic form), a small town on the Hungarian-Czechoslovakian border now incorporated in the U.S.S.R. She tells of the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other concentration camps, of incarceration for days on end in overcrowded railway trucks unfot for animals, of being forced to lie for hours on a rat-infested, live-ridden garbage dump, of being shot at and left for dead in a mass grave she was forced to help dig, of a twelve day extermination march with women being wantonly mown down by the bullets of their Nazi guard, of her escape and of her long trek home.

This narrative of a journey through hell is a grim reminder of the depths of depravity and degradation to which human beings can sink, and at the same time it is a record of a woman's fortitude sustained by hope and faith."

Condition

The book is in good plus condition. There are a few small dents to the boards edges, and the page edges have spotted foxing. The inner binding is secure and the book is free from inscription. The dustwrapper is a little sun-faded to the spine, is chipped and a little creased to the top edge but remains attractive. It has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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