No Traveler Returns the Story of Hitler's Greatest Crime - A monumental book by Henry Shoskes about the Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising events, published by Doubleday Doran, New York 1945 - First Edition. Introduction by Curt Riess. Dedicated copy by the author to Polish Jewish violinist Henryk Szeryng.
A book by Polish refugee Dr. Henry Shoskes who served as General Manager of the Central Cooperative Bank in Warsaw before the war and headed 650 cooperatives with 280,000 members. Dr. Shoskes lived in the Warsaw Ghetto during the war and witnessed all the documented events in the book and the 1943 uprising firsthand. After the war he possessed such extensive historical materials documenting the lives of Jews in the ghetto, that he was almost the only person with so many records about life in the Warsaw Ghetto during the war years and the ghetto uprising. Primarily, he was a resident of the ghetto himself and witnessed the events, he knew many who participated in it, he held official reports of the Polish underground - some printed, some handwritten. He also possessed a large collection of underground Polish newspapers from the time of the uprising and earlier. He possessed countless testimonies of ghetto inhabitants, and knew many important figures in the ghetto prior to the uprising - some were his best friends. Additionally, in his role he spoke with many Nazis responsible for establishing the ghetto in its first months, who ultimately destroyed it, witnessing closely all the underground organizing before the uprising. Of the documentation he brought to the book, he stated: "The story I tell is much bigger than me... much bigger than all of us. I just want to tell the story". His story brought here incorporates stories of dozens of ghetto Jews by their names and an extensive detail of everything that happened to them.
Among other revelations, it shares for the first time the heroic story of Jews who succeeded in escaping from the Warsaw Ghetto in the midst of the uprising via an underground tunnel three km long they dug in advance - through this tunnel escaped several Jewish fighters who joined the Polish underground, managing to conceal its entry by sealing it with soil. Emmanuel Ringelblum and his family participated in the uprising and were among those who escaped through the ghetto tunnel.
From the earliest and most detailed publications about the Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising.
XIII, 267 p. Good - very good condition.