Quand l'homme n'est plus qu'un numéro - When a Man Is Just a Number, a photo album of horrific scenes from the death camps, edited by Jadwiga Benwinska. Published by "RSW Art and Graphic Publishing House", Kraków, 1958 - first edition. Polish and French.
Photo album documenting the horrors of the Holocaust. The album begins with quotes taken from the SS commanders themselves that were said or written during the war about their goal of exterminating the Jews. A number of excerpts are quoted from Rudolf Hess's memoirs about the terrible working conditions and the severe hardship of women in the camps. The booklet is accompanied by detailed descriptions of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in the various death camps - mainly Auschwitz, including the number of victims, the methods of torture used by the Nazis, and the various ways in which the Jews were exterminated. Some of the photographs that appear in the album are difficult to view, such as tattooed prisoners' arms, limbs of prisoners that were cut off, starving children, prisoners in very hard physical condition, a horrifying photograph of women on their way to the gas chamber (taken by the camp inmate, underground photographer David Shmolevsky), and bodies of prisoners who were tortured and thrown in the camp. There is also a large panoramic opening photograph [46x12 cm] of a general view of the barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The booklet was initiated by the Committee of Released Prisoners and its purpose is to expose the magnitude of Nazi cruelty, and to signal to future generations not to forget the scale of the horror.
Extremely rare. Only one entry in the World Cat Library catalogue in a library in the Netherlands.
64 p. 12x17 cm. Spine reinforced with black glue. Good condition.