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Nadareishvili, S. D., illustrator
Frits na pchel'nike [Fritz on the apiary]
Tbilisi: Izd. OPP Gruz. Otd. Khudfonda SRRR, 1942. Oblong 12mo (9.5 × 13 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 12 pp. Illustrated throughout with full-page drawings accompanying rhymed couplets. Very good. Rare anti-Nazi children's book published in the Georgian Soviet Republic, which depicts a hapless German soldier stealing honey from a Russian farmer and an ensuing attack by a swarm of bees which consigns Fritz to the infirmary. The book was one of a series of similar titles, which all depicted ways of fighting the German Nazi threat with humor and for a juvenilereadership. Published by both the Georgian State Publishing House and the Georgian branch of the Foundation of the Union of Artists, these small booklets are a striking example of how propagandistic depictions of the enemy were adapted for very young readers. This book was likely published prior or during the Battle of the Caucasus, referred to by the Germans as Operation Edelweiss (July 1942-October 1943). The German goal was control over the Caucasus and especially the oil fields of Azerbaijan. Furthermore, German Army Group A was tasked with taking Tbilisi, the Soviet Georgian capital, Kutaisi, and Sukhumi, which hosted several bases of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. On August 21 of 1942, German troops planted the flag of Nazi Germany on the summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in the Caucasus and Europe. However, German units were especially slowed down by fighting Georgian alpine and mountain troops, who greatly contributed to stalling their advance. After successful Soviet attacks in the region … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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