Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2 versions of Rachmil Bryks' Yiddish book titled אויף קידוש השם published in 1954

For reasons unknown to me, there were 2 different title pages I found on copies of אויף קידוש השם printed by Rachmil Bryks, published in New York in 1954. 

"Kiddush Hashem tells of the hope and desire that fill the minds of those being transported in a crowded train to what they hope will be just a labor camp in Vienna. Instead, the trickery and deceit of the Nazis is revealed to the Jews when they arrive at Auschwitz. Husbands and wives are brutally separated, infants are snatched from their mothers, and Dr. Mengele immediately commences with his selections. Bryks's descriptions of the horrors are explicit and vivid. He does not cut corners in his graphic depictions of the torture inflicted upon the inmates. Hope, however, does not die easily among the inmates of the camp. Engel relates that "they [the Nazis] failed ultimately in the spiritual plane where they hoped to pull down their victims to their depths of depravity."

One version of the title page states that the book's publishing did not receive any funding from the German Government, and one title page omits the claim. Were there perhaps 2 different editions, one with funding and one without?

Title page with the disclaimer

Title page without the disclaimer

hat-tip: Menachem Silber

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