Unpag. volume (49 leaves) with 40 full-page illustrations after drawings by Tolkachev, depicting life in the shtetl, including various figures and buildings. Some very minor edgewear. 8vo. Original illustrated wrpps., some minor chipping and yellowing, some small cracks to spine. Warsaw/Lodz (Dos Naye Leben) 1946.
Tolkachev was a Soviet-born Jewish artist who created the illustrations for this volume and two other volumes or series after he participated as a Red Army soldier in the liberation of the Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps. The other illustrations depict the suffering he himself witnessed at the camp. From these illustrations, he created an album titled The Flowers of Auschwitz, also published in 1946. This volume, however, is inspired by the stories of the famous Russian-Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem, and was meant to help preserve the memories of provincial Eastern-European Jewish life. The publisher, Dos Naye Leben, was a Jewish publishing house, founded only the year before in liberated Lodz, a city where many surviving Polish Jews gathered to rebuild their lives. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 49037