Munich, Central Historical Commission, 1946. Paperback. Item #38988
Small 8vo; First Edition. Paper Wrappers, small 8vo, 101 pages. Includes 13 photos with captions in English & Yiddish. One of 8000 issued. In Yiddish with English Cover, table of contents, & photo captions. Important journal lasting 10 issues which written & published by Jewish DPs themselves to document crimes and survival in the Holocaust. The publisher's decision to include the English table of contents, probably in part to insure the journal's use in future war crimes trials, makes these first hand accounts especially user-friendly today, almost 60 years later. Robinson & Friedman #1247: "The Historical Commission [was] established in 1945 under the auspices of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the U. S. Zone. [It] Ceased operations early in 1949. Details of the activities of the Munich center can be found in No. 1247 [Fun Letsten Churbn]..." Hagit Lavsky notes in the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Gutman, ed., 1990, p. 383) that, "Commemoration and documentation projects [by Jewish DPs] included the work of the Tsentraler Historisher Komisiye (Central Historical Commission), established in December 1945 by the Central Committee in Munich, to assist in bringing Nazi criminals to trial. A network of regional committees was set up under the commission's auspices whose task it was to take evidence and collect documentary material, including material on DPs. In August 1946, the commission published the first issue of the monthly FUN LETZTEN HURBAN." Published under DP-Publications License US-E-3 OMGB, Information Control Division. Articles include: Lachwa, by I.K. [Israel Kaplan?], Aaron Schworin, Chaim Shklar, & Abraham Feinberg; Polish Jewish Soldiers as War Prisoners (memoirs), by Mendel Lifschitz; A Chapter on Siedlce (Eye-Witness Report), by Getzl Weissberg; Comments on the Photographs of Siedlce, by Fritz Heft; The Last Forty-Five Children in Kielce, by Sara Kerbel; The "Jewish Band" (Eye-Witness Report), by Isaac Feierstein; The Problem of Productivization [sic] in the Warsaw Ghetto, by Eng. Isaiah Bluman; In Treblinke (Eye-Witness Report), by Simcha Bunim Lesky; Luck (Eye-Witness Report), by Meyer Roitman; Slaughter at the Oceanside (Eye-Witness Report), by Miriam Zweig; In the Transport from the Death Camp Balkenheim (Eye-Witness Report), by Maurice Kraus; Brezna (Eye-Witness Report), by Malke Beilinsky; In Budapest (Eye-Witness Report), by Alimelech Vider; In the Woods of Polesie, by Samuel Praude; My Experiences During the War (From the Series of Children's Reports), by Arieh Milch; Expressions Used in the Ghetto of Lodz, by I. Rosenbaum & M.I. Feigenbaum; Lullaby (Ghetto-song); The Ghetto of Lodz (Ghetto-song), by Jonathan Karp; Nazi Documents with comments; Photographs of the Nazi period; Bibliographical list of articles on Jewish life under the Nazis. [sic] published in the Press of Shaarith Ha-Plata; List of Camps; Report on Activities of the Central Historical Commission; News of the Central Historical Commission. Very Good Condition. (HOLO2-122-51B).