Prague in the Shadow of the Swastika: A History of the German Occupation, 1939-1945 / - Callum MacDonald & Jan KaplanLondon: Quartet Books, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; References; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In March 1939 German troops entered Prague, the first foreign capital to be occupied by the Nazis. Six years later, in May 1945, it was the last to be liberated as Hitler’s Reich collapsed in defeat. While joyful crowds in London and New York were celebrating the German surrender the people of Prague had risen against their oppressors and were fighting Nazi tanks in the barricaded streets of the city. As the fighting intensified, the SS killed indiscriminately and prepared to destroy the Czech capital in a final act of terror and revenge. Although Prague escaped this fate, the population was never to experience real liberation. Within three short years one form of totalitarianism had been replaced by another as the Iron Curtain descended and Czechs became part of the new Soviet empire.
The Nazi occupation had a profound effect and paved the way for the communist dictatorship that followed. After the war the entire period was deliberately distorted for political purposes. The facts were misrepresented or suppressed. Publications and documentary films were censored. Witnesses were silenced. The aim of this book is to restore part of the lost history of the occupation after decades of communist manipulation. It provides a rare glimpse of life in Prague under the German occupation from unique photographs, many of them published here for the first time. It also reproduces items from ration coupons and identity cards to Nazi proclamations and execution lists which were part of everyday life during the German Protectorate. The result is an objective account of the ‘Golden City’ in the years when Prague and its people lived in the shadow of the swastika.”
Size: 12" x 8½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 215 pages.