Sverdlovsk: OGIZ, 1942. Item #993
85,  pp. 16x10,5 cm. One of 25000 copies. Original illustrated wrappers. Small tear of the spine and loss of the front cover. Otherwise very good.
First edition. Extremely rare edition from the series printed in Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg) during the German occupation of the European part of Russia. The edition was prepared by the evacuated OGIZ (the State Publishers) and the Moscow-based typography ‘1ya obraztsovaya tipografiya’.
The printing of this issue was finished on the 28th of January, 1942. The edition included five stories, translated from German and from English about the violence of the Nazi regime. Three of them were written by Willi Bredel (1901-1964), the German communist author who famously fought on the Russian side at the time. In the preface to this book he called for the ‘merciless’ fight against the fascists.
Less is known about the other anti-fascist author, Dora Vencher, who published a few books in Russian during the war. His short story ‘The School of the Violence’ gave the title to the collection.
The last short story of the book is the translation of Katherine Taylor’s (1903-1996) ‘The Address is Unknown’, a well-known piece by American novelist, written in 1938, warning the US public about the dangers of nazism.
No copies found in the Worldcat.