"Arbeit Macht Frei" - 16 Drawings [Inscribed Copy]. HOLOCAUST, F. REICHENTÁL, antišek.

"Arbeit Macht Frei" - 16 Drawings [Inscribed Copy]

Bratislava: Central Union of Jewish Communities of Slovakia, 1946. First Edition. Bratislava: Central Union of Jewish Communities of Slovakia, 1946. First Edition. Trade issue. One of a stated 5,000 copies; this copy inscribed by the artist on title page: "To my friends Rossi and Mikloš [Foltari?] / F. Reichental," undated but apparently contemporary with publication. Quarto (36cm); cord-bound printed card wrappers; 2 preliminary leaves; 16 unnumbered leaves of plates on coated paper (printed recto-only); printed colophon leaf and blank terminal leaf (20ll, complete). Covers somewhat worn; two small marginal tape-repairs to front cover, with is partially detached from cord binding; internal text leaves somewhat age-toned; plates clean and unfaded. Very Good.
Preface (printed in both Slovak and English) by Vojtech Winterstein.

Album of drawings depicting the daily lives of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, rendered in Reichentál's singular Expressionist style. Well known and highly-regarded as an avant-gardist through the Twenties and Thirties, Reichentál exhibited widely in Germany and Eastern Europe until 1939, when German troops occupied Slovakia, forcing the mass exodus of the native Jewish population. Though Reichentál himself was able to evade capture by the Nazis, many of his family members died in the camps. He returned to Czechoslovakia after the war, finally emigrating to the U.S. in 1950, where he continued to exhibit new work until his death in 1971. Despite the rather generous stated printing of 5,000 copies (plus 1,000 copies of a signed, numbered edition), this album is notably scarce, with only about 15 holdings worldwide noted in WorldCat, KVK, and COPAC (of which ten are in North America).

Price: $750.00

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