Les atrocités allemandes en pologne témoignages et documents - German Atrocities in Poland Testimonies and Documents, by Vallentin Antonina, published by Robert Denoel, Paris 1940 - first edition. The first report on Nazi atrocities against Polish Jewry upon the invasion of Poland in October 1939 - and in the months following, the act that launched World War II. First-hand harsh accounts of indiscriminate mass execution of Jews in Warsaw and other cities even before the Warsaw Ghetto was established.
Testimonies of refugees from all over Poland - men, women, officers, and soldiers of the Polish army who fled to France, corroborated with official declarations, reports from German radio and Nazi press regarding Nazi crimes in Poland upon the Nazi invasion of Poland and the onset of the annihilation of Polish Jewry. Due to the early publication amidst the unfolding events, some had to anonymize names and incidents as their families were still in Poland at the time. Includes reports of unprecedented Nazi aggression, total destruction carried out by the Germans in Krakow and surrounding cities, burning down of village homes, testimonies of Nazi massacres of Jews in the village of Kłoszyn: "Nazi soldiers took pleasure shooting at residents fleeing their homes. Among the ruins we found 500 corpses", rare testimonies of Polish officers who saw the Germans use the Polish population as a human shield against Polish fire, mass executions by shooting of the Polish populace, testimonies of massacres by the Germans of Jews upon conquering Radom and Rzeszow, Germans spreading posters with photos of Jewish executions everywhere to instill fear "A large number of Jews were convicted of hostile actions against German soldiers, all Jews will suffer", Jews hearing orders of Nazi soldiers to "cleanse" entire villages of Jews, atrocities by Nazis against Jews upon conquering Gdynia - arresting upper class - doctors, lawyers, engineers and wealthy merchants, locking them in a shack and shooting them, Nazis invading apartments in the city and executing Jews in their homes, conquest of Warsaw and vicinity and Nazi atrocities against Warsaw Jewry initially from aerial bombings - making it impossible to identify bodies in the rubble, then the ground invasion - raiding Jewish homes, looting, expulsion, executions, and more. Among other things a journalist who managed to escape Warsaw on Nov. 1, 1939 provided the names of twelve Polish cities and villages from which the entire Jewish population was expelled. Eyewitness accounts describe how the Germans began starving Warsaw's residents, and more. Among other things is reported on renaming occupied streets to German names appended with "Hitler", and more.
The first publication in print of Nazi actions in Poland before the Warsaw Ghetto establishment and deportations to camps.
78  p. Very good condition.