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Delarbre, Léon (Illustrations by)
Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Bergen, Dora: Croquis Clandestins
Michel de Romilly, Paris, 1945. Quarto. XII, [4]pp (Text), [40] leaves (Plates). Uncut and unopened copy. Original illustrated wrappers. Léon Delarbre (1889-1974) was a French painter, museum curator, and World War II resistance fighter. After a career as a museum conservator and teacher in his hometown of Belfort, he joined the French resistance in 1941. Arrested in 1944, he was held in a series of concentration camps where he sketched scenes from camp life. These drawings, now categorized as "evidentiary Holocaust artwork", are frequently used to illustrate the horror of concentration camps. Delarbre drew on paper scraps and printed ordinances, often interrupting his work in the manufacturing of small arms in order to sketch. He drew labor commandos as they worked or retrieved the dead. Especially notable is his famous drawing of the Muselmann character, a type for the camp prisoners who were doomed to die and had resigned themselves to their fate. Two of his drawings from Dora are in the permanent exhibition at Buchenwald, the camp where he also sketched the so-called Goethe Oak, under whose "charred limbs" he used to sit and compose verse. This volume is complete with its 44 b/w drawings (including a portrait of the author drawn upon his return from Dora's concentration camp on 29 April, 1945). Moderate age-toning and sporadic creasing along edges of wrappers. Head of spine slightly chipped. Text and captions in French. Wrappers in overall good- to good, interior in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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