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New Book Announcement
Elisabeth Hoelzl / Bernard Aldebert
G U S E N   I I
LEIDENSWEG in 50 STATION / CHEMIN DE CROIX en 50 STATIONS
By the courtesy of
this book about the Mauthausen-GUSEN II (Bergkristall)
concentration camp, first published in 1946, will
be available again in a limited (2nd) German-French
edition in autumn 1997.
This first German edition of the French original with
many illustrations contains the personal impressions the
young French journalist Bernard Aldebert had when being deported to the
"Hell of Hells" in the KZ Gusen II (Bergkristall) underground
installations of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp complex.
Texts and drawings give an excellent insight into the
extremely bad conditions of this most brutal concentration
camp site where thousands of Jewish people
(even from KZ Auschwitz) died, too.
Because of the numerous drawings, this book is also
of great interest to people who do not understand French or
German and to people looking for didactic material to demonstrate Deportation, Holocaust and Shoah.
Rabbi Rav Yechezkel Harfenes (after being sent back from Gusen
to Auschwitz) wrote about this camp in his book "BeKaf HaKela" (Slingshot of Hell):
- the family of Bernard Aldebert
- and Mr. Pierre Serge Choumoff, Amicale Francaise de Mauthausen, Paris
"As a resident of many camps, I can say that Guzen was the worst.
This is not to say that the conditions at the other camps were not dreadful.
Compared to Guzen, however, one might almost say that those camps were
paradises. The proof of this might be that Guzen was one of the least
known camps. This was not because it was smaller than the others - it might
even have been the largest. It was unknown simply because very few of the
tens of thousand of prisoners sent there remained alive to tell the story
of its horrors." (Targum Press, Southfield Michigan, 1988).
Written orders can already be addressed to:
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Please allow several weeks for delivery.
Hoelzl, Aldebert: GUSEN II - Leidensweg in 50 Stationen / Chemin de Croix en 50 Stations
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ISBN 3 85252 145 9, 250 pages ill., French & German language, 21/15 cm
ATS 398,--, DEM 58, --, FRF 199,--
(including postage and handling to addresses within Europe)
About the authors:
- 1909 born in Saint Etienne, France
- Studies at a French Academy of Fine Arts
- Cartoonist for Journal "Ric et Rac"
- 1939 Foundation of Journal "La Dent de Lyon"
- 1943 imprisonment by GeStaPo and Deportation via
- Compiegne, KZ Buchenwald, KZ Mauthausen, KZ Gusen I
to KZ Gusen II (Bergkristall-Esche II underground plant)
- 1945 Liberation and return to France
- 1946 1st Publication of "Chemin de Croix en 50 Stations"
- 1974 Bernard Aldebert died at the age of 65
- 1971 born in Linz, Austria
- Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria
- 1996 Translation of Aldebertīs text into German
- 1996 Honorary Award of Austrian Ministry for Arts and Sciences
- 1997 Combined publication of Aldebertīs text in German and French
- Currently working for Michel de Montaigne University, Bordeaux, France
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