[Title in Russian:] Krasnoiarsk.

[Vienna, 1968.]

Small 8vo, pp. 10, [2]; with 6 full-page woodcut illustrations (one repeated on front cover); text printed with wooden type; loose in the original illustrated wrappers, spine slightly sunned.


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Facsimile of a pamphlet printed by Siberian prisoners of war in 1919 in the camp at Krasnoyarsk. Although the title is in Cyrillic, the text is in German.

The original pamphlet, of which we were unable to locate a copy, was printed by three prisoners using handcarved wooden type on a handmade press. It tells the story, with all the bleakness of statistics, of those prisoners of war taken to Krasnoyarsk during the First World War. The first prisoners – 72 officers, 1100 German and Austrian-Hungarian soldiers, and 126 East Prussian civilians – arrived at the camp in October 1914. By the end of the year, their numbers had risen to 7193; two years later and there were over 15,000 in the camp. Thousands died of typhoid and other diseases. The remaining prisoners were finally freed in 1920. One of the soldiers held there was the Austrian writer Heimito von Doderer, who arrived at the camp in 1916; the novel Das Geheimnis des Reichs (1930) is based on his Siberian experiences.

No copy of the original or this facsimile listed in OCLC or RLIN. KVK finds a copy at the Austrian National Library only.

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