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Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz

Czarnecki, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 0689120222 / ISBN 13: 9780689120220
Published by Macmillan Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Black cloth binding, gilt titles. Introduction by Chaim Potok. Art reproduced in B&W. A fine copy in like DJ with slight rubbing. 175 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 8633

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Title: Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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A poignant legacy of the death camp victims features the paintings, drawings, poems, slogans, and calendars found in out-of-the-way locations at Auschwitz

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Though the art itself is primitive and often difficult to decipher, the stories behind the sketches, inscriptions and doodles documented by Polish photojournalist Czarnecki on the walls of cells, latrines, washrooms and barracks at Auschwitz will move readers with the weight of their human suffering and courage. A few pictures need no commentary: a pigeon wistfully carries an envelope in its beak; an arrow pierces a timeless cupid's heart, carrying two names; a line from Dante's Inferno is elaborately scratched on a pitted surface. Sad stories wait in the wings, as for example, in the inscribed names of Edward Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, the only trace remaining of their concentration camp romance. As the text notes, the pair barely missed making their escape from Auschwitz, attempted suicide unsuccessfully and were finally put to death by the SS. Like the other art of Auschwitz prisoners, theirs is ad hoc, compressed and urgent, but no less moving for that.
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