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Tale of a city - the German horrors in Warsaw - rare booklet in the midst of World War II published by the US Information Ministry. Washington, 1942

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TALE of a City. A detailed documentation of the Nazi takeover of the city of Warsaw, and the liquidation of the ghetto residents. Published during World War II with the aim of bringing to the world's attention the magnitude of Nazi cruelty and crimes against Jews, and to warn the countries of Europe that their fate may be identical to that of Poland if they do not wake up. Published by the "Office of War Information" in Washington 1942. Accompanied by horrifying illustrations of horrifying scenes from ghetto life by a Polish Army officer who was an eyewitness to the early days of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. English.

The booklet describes the "method" of the Nazi conquest of a city and the destruction of its residents. "A city falls into Nazi hands" - occupying forces marching through the streets, swastikas everywhere, announcing at every corner: "Welcome the liberating Germans with open arms". Behind the wall of silence, the "new order" begins its deadly work. Men become slaves, a slice of bread becomes a precious item, water supply disappears after three weeks, and the dead begin lying in the streets. More than 100,000 books by "non-Aryan" authors are brought to be burned. Many families survive on thin potato soup, without meat. The small amount of good food found in Warsaw goes to the Germans, and Jews are forced to stand in line with food stamps barely sufficient for a daily portion. Children and adults rapidly lose weight and become human skeletons. At temperatures of minus 5°C, the Germans stopped coal imports to the ghetto, and many Jews died in their homes from the cold. During the year Hitler carried out his threats - the destruction of the Jewish people in Europe. Thousands are deported in actions to camps, and the ghetto is systematically emptied of Jews - the fit are taken for labor, and the weak for death.
The booklet was published in the middle of the war in order to warn other countries and inform them that Nazi brutality would know no bounds also in their lands. The writer notes that "the fate of Warsaw is the fate of Paris, Oslo and Rotterdam, of Belgrade and Brussels, of every village, city and nation that falls into Nazi hands. The story of Warsaw is the story of Poland, Norway and France, of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Greece, of the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg - it is a deadly warning to all those still blessed with freedom ". And expresses the hope that "Nazi madness will crumble to dust".

On the last page of the booklet is written: "This is a publication about the war. When you have finished reading it please pass it on to your neighbor or friend for further distribution".

The booklet opens with a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Our aim is to ensure that a just and certain punishment will be decreed upon the leaders responsible for the organized murder of innocent thousands and for committing acts of atrocity that violated all principles of the Christian faith".

Rare booklet. Does not appear in the world catalog of libraries world cat.

23 p. 28 cm. Very good condition.

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189. Tale of a city - the German horrors in Warsaw - rare booklet in the midst of World War II published by the US Information Ministry. Washington, 1942