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Two early and detailed reports about the crimes of Nazi Germany as they occurred. London, 1939

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1. Papers concerning the Treatment of German Nationals in Germany 1938-1939 - presented by the secretry of State for Foreign Affairs to Parliament by Command of his Majesty. London 1939, First Edition. Early report containing hard and detailed evidence of Nazi abuse in Germany's cities and concentration camps in the 1930s. The descriptions that appear constitute the first exposure to the magnitude of Nazi cruelty, even before the outbreak of World War II. 36 pages documenting the atrocities of the Nazis at this early stage. London 1939.

After the British were accused by the media and the Nazi press of atrocities in South Africa, in response, His Majesty's government saw fit to publish hard evidence of the Nazis' crimes against civilians, especially Jews, within Germany. The report reveals the first concentration camps set up in Germany as early as 1933 against opponents of the Nazi regime and the day-to-day abuses of prisoners of various nationalities, especially Jews. "The UK Government states that the decision to publish the hard documents classified in this report was taken after the UK reached a conclusion that there is no slightest chance of reaching an understanding agreement with the German government". The spokesman adds that the venomous propaganda of Nazi Germany and its abuse of minorities in its territory must reach world public opinion, bringing to its attention that the period is the darkest period in human history (things were written in 1939, even before the systematic mass killing in death camps). The cases revealed in this report came to the public's attention for the first time, and were not previously published in the press, or any other media.

Among the cases revealed in the report: Detailed descriptions of what happened in the Buchenwald death camp from inmates who were detained there, among them, testimony obtained from a Jewish detainee who stayed in the camp for six weeks, and describes the forced labor in which he worked 16 hours a day all week. The ban on drinking water at all those hours, even in the hottest weather, as well as lifting bricks with a weight that one cannot bear, and how the Nazi officers mocked the Jews saying that Pharaoh did not work them enough in Egypt, and now they are completing the job ... A prisoner caught drinking water during the day Immediate in 25 whips ... One small faucet was available to 480 men for only fifteen minutes to wash ... A Jewish prisoner was never released from the camp ... The filth and mud in the camp, the harsh conditions in the barracks, the thin clothes given to the Jews in the cold ( Without Underwear), about Jews who chose to end their lives, about medical experiments done on humans, about the camp law that no prisoner should be released with beaten marks on his body, and how the Nazis made sure to leave such marks in the bodies of all prisoners on the grounds not to release them, and more.

Also described are arrests made on the streets of Berlin of innocent Jews passing by for no reason, arbitrary burglary of SS soldiers into Jewish homes, mass arrests and arbitrary torture after the assassination of General von Fritz. A letter written anonymously appears by a German priest addressing British leaders Against the Nazi regime working to erase from history any Christian mark of the German nation ["In the heart of Europe a generation grew up on hatred for Christianity, thousands of years old traditions are about to disappear under the influence of the National Socialist Party"], and more. 36 pages. Light stains on the cover. Very good condition.

2. Documents concerning German-Polish relations and the outbreak of hostilities between Great Britain and Germany on Sept 3, 1939, London 1939. An extensive review of the deterioration of relations between Nazi Germany and the powers, a transcript of dozens of documents from 1939 outlining the Nazi provocation of European countries, the violation of agreements with Poland, Hitler's dubious dealings with the British government, a description of the S.A.'s preparations for war around the city of Danzig, an extensive summary of the illegal actions Germany took against Poland, and more. XXVII, 195 p. Very good condition.

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162. Two early and detailed reports about the crimes of Nazi Germany as they occurred. London, 1939