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Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997. Second Printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xxviii, , 250,  pages. Sticker residue on back cover. An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon. Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory cut out of solid rock, where thousands of prisoners beaten, starved, killed, and living underground for weeks at a time. The purpose of all this brutality was to build the world’s first operational rockets: the V-1 and V-2 missiles, Hitler’s vengeance weapons. Some of Germany’s most brilliant engineers were involved with production at Dora, including Werner von Braun, who after the war went on to become the father of the American space program. It was his Saturn V rocket, designed with the help of his wartime comrades, that put the first man on the moon; while the Saturn V project was headed by the same man who had been the director of slave labor in Dora. In fact, some of the very rockets built in Dora were packed up after the war and shipped to New Mexico to serve as the seeds of the U.S. space program. The greatest technological achievement of the twentieth century had its origins in the enslavement and murder of thousands of innocent people, the down payment of a Faustian bargain that still tarnishes the foundation of our reach for the stars.
New York: Times Books [Random House], 1997. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. xviii, 810,  pages. Illustrations. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. Very slight wear to DJ edges. Anthony Bianco is a senior writer at Business Week. He is the author of two books, The Reichmanns: Family, Faith, Fortune and the Empire of the Olympia & York and Rainmaker: The Saga of Jeff Beck, Wall Street's Mad Dog. He lives in New York City. The Reichmanns of Toronto were one of the ten wealthiest families in the world; they lost their wealth when Paul Reichmann risked everything on a property development project on London's East End which imploded, leading to the loss of ten billion dollars. The family straddled the disparate worlds of casino capitalism and Jewish fundamentalism. The commercial empire built by the Reichmanns was one of the greatest the world has ever seen. Their stunning rise and their tremendous fall is one of the great stories of our century, all the more astounding because they have been and remain ultra-Orthodox. Business Week reporter Anthony Bianco expertly balances the Reichmanns' business dealings with a penetrating look at the hidden world of ultra-Orthodoxy. He has obtained exclusive and unprecedented interviews with all of the major family members. Their story is both a thrilling business narrative and an engrossing investigation of the intersection of values, tradition, and commerce.
New York: The Viking Press, 1981. First Edition. Presumed first printing. Hardcover. xii, 218,  pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Bibliography. DJ somewhat scuffed and some edge wear. Inscribed by the author. John David Bierman, journalist and author, born January 26 1929; died January 4 2006. John Bierman was one of the last of a generation of buccaneering reporters and writers who pursued successful careers across the media. Newspaper reporter, editor, radio correspondent, television "fireman", documentary maker and, finally, acclaimed historian, Bierman excelled at each, in a working life that reached back to the days of plate cameras and reporters in trilbies. Bierman's breakthrough book was Righteous Gentile: The Story of Raoul Wallenberg (1981), which brought to international attention the then largely neglected story of the Swedish diplomat who rescued Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. Bierman's words are inscribed on Wallenberg's statue in central London: "The 20th century spawned two of history's vilest tyrannies. Raoul Wallenberg outwitted the first but was swallowed up by the second. His triumph over Nazi genocide reminds us that the courageous and committed individual can prevail against even the cruelest state machine. The fate of the six million Jews he was unable to rescue reminds us of the evil to which racist ideas can drive whole nations. Finally, his imprisonment reminds us not only of Soviet brutality but also of the ignorance and indifference which led the free world to abandon him. We must never forget these lessons."
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. First American Edition [stated], 1st Printing [stated]. Hardcover. vii, , 544,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Anna Bikont (born 17 July 1954) is a psychologist and writer associated with the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper since its inception in 1989. Anna Bikont got her MA in Psychology in the Warsaw University, and worked there until 1988. Between 1982 and 1989 She was an underground Solidarity activist; co-founder and editor of Tygodnik Mazowsze weekly, Poland's largest underground publication. She was a co-founder of Gazeta Wyborcza, where she still works today as senior journalist. Her book 'Le Crime et le Silence' won the European Book Prize in 2011.
New York: Simon & Schuster, c1992. First Printing. Hardcover. 25 cm, 800 pages, illus., notes, sources, bibliography, index. Slight soiling and some creasing to dust jacket edges. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half title page. Invitation to a party at the author's home celebrating the publication of this book is laid in.
New York: The Rutledge Press, 1981. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. Format is 9.25 inches by 12.25 inches. 272 pages. Illustrations (some in color). Endpaper map. Historical Introduction by Henry Friedlander. Preface by Irving Home. Abbreviations. Artists Biographies. Sources for Text Quotations. Museums and Memorials. Bibliography. DJ has slight wear, soiling and is price clipped. Over 350 artworks created in ghettos, concentration camps, and in hiding by victims of the Nazis. The artists worked in various media -- watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen and ink, wood, pencil. They worked on whatever materials were available -- the finest canvas, artist's paper or the backs of work orders and scraps rescued from trash barrels. They created in compliance with Nazi orders as well as clandestinely, at great risk to their lives. The more than 30, 000 works that survive represent hundreds of artists. It is an incredible collection, whose power is undeniable and whose overall impression is one of beauty. Includes reproductions of more than 350 of these works, over 60 in color.
New York: Holmes *& Meier Publishers, Inc., 1992. Fourth Printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xvi, 255,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). Maps. Select Bibliography. A Note from the Photographer. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Inscribed on half-title by Rabbi Malka Drucker. Prologue by Cynthia Ozick. Afterword by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Cover has sticker that says "Now a Showtime Original Picture". Gay Block (born 1942) is a fine art portrait photographer. Her work is shown in books, and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, and other major museums. Block collaborated with Rabbi Malka Drucker, and created Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, both a book and traveling exhibit. Block and Drucker traveled to eleven countries and photographed over 100 Christians who had helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust. The exhibit has been seen in over fifty venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, in 1992. Block's full color portraits accompany each narrative.