Book made in Poland, 1986, from the Yellow Tiger series. Published by Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej (Publishing house of the Ministry of National Defense). The title of the book reads:”The chasers are attacking”. The Yellow Tiger Series wereiconic Polish propaganda books issued by the Ministry of Defence. It was a tool to build a new version of the history of WW2, where the Soviets are the good and the Western Allies are the bad guys. It was quite revolutionary, instead of movie chronicles, the books are in form of short sensational war stories, of course filled with propaganda. They were issued by thousands back in the second half of 20th century and it was a big success, as they were popular among the youth.
Very rare secret, numbered and registered publication which changed the world: Khrushchev, Nikita speech titled:”On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences”. Keynote address by First Secretary of the CC of the CPSU tov. N. S. Khrushchev at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union February 25, 1956. “Unpublished materials delivered to the delegates to the 20th Congress of CPSU” March 1956 Warsaw. (“O kulcie jednostki i jego nastepstwach. Referat I Sekretarza KC KPZR tow. N. S. Chruszczowa na XX Zjezdzie Komunistycznej Partii Zwiazku Radzieckiego 25 lutego 1956 r. Nieopublikowane materialy doreczone delegatom na XX Zjazd KPZR Warszawa, Marzec 1956”) Original printed wrappers with “Wylacznie do uzytku organizacji partyjnych” (“Exclusively for inner-party use”) printed to top of front wrapper and individual number, this one is number: „12508”. A very nice, clean, and fresh copy. 95 pages. Second impression of first edition from 1956. “On the cult of the individual and its aftermath” (Russian: О культе личности и его последствиях) – a secret speech delivered on February 24 and 25, 1956 at the closed session of the XX Congress of the CPSU, Nikita Khrushchev and the secretary of the Soviet Union, successor of the Joseph Stalin. In this report, Stalin was portrayed as a criminal at the head of the Bolshevik party, guilty of the crimes committed while in power and the introduction of the so-called cult of individual. Khrushchev blamed Stalin himself and Lavrenti Beria, who was later shot to death, for the terror, revealing subsequent politicians responsible for the repression. There are two impressions of the first edition of Khrushchev’s speech, both bearing the date March 1956 and both ordered by the Polish communist party authorities in the span of March 27 – March 31. As opposed to the even scarcer first priting of the text, this second priting of 95 pages was edited to give only Khrushchev’s speech (without the recorded interjections and ovations), but containing also a second part, “Unpublished materials” with Lenin’s “Testament”, Lenin’s “On the National Question”, and Stalin’s notes. In the USSR, until 1989 the speech was not published openly, but immediately after the 20th Congress it was read and discussed at the so-called days of open letters – at party and Komsomol meetings open to all. After the 20th Congress of the CPSU, the text of the paper was submitted to the Central Committee of the PZPR, where it was printed for internal use. afraid it would be reaveald and they will be punished. One of the copies was obtained by Israeli intelligence and handed over to the CIA, which disclosed the contents to the press. Like the first impression, almost all the copies of this extremely scarce publication – which were all numbered and strictly registered – were withdrawn and destroyed after 11 April 1956. Worldcat don’t find any copies in libriaries all over the world, outside Poland.
Price: 1000.00 euro Size: 23x17cm./9×6.6inch. Weight: 117gr./4.1oz. Pages: 70 Published:1905
Very rare Karl Marx-Friedrich Engels „Manifesto of the Communist Party” (Burzuazja, Proletarjat i komunizm: Manifest Komunistyczny) Third polish edition with an introduction specially written for this polish edition by Karl Kautsky translated into polish by Adolf Warski [Ps. A. Warscawskeiego] editor St. Kucharski published by the Warszawa Bibljoteka Naukowa 1905. The Communist Manifesto (German: Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei, “Manifesto of the Communist Party”), pamphlet first published in 1848 written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to serve as the platform of the Communist League. It became one of the principal programmatic statements of the European socialist and communist parties in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first polish edition was published in 1883, the second in 1892, and this one third edition in 1905. This third polish edition from 1905 is very rare contains extensive introduction (pages 9-23) written especially for this 1905 edition by Karl Kautsky. It also contains previous prefaces to earlier editions. The softcover book is complete and in quite good condition, pages are clean, there is reinforced book spine with transparent papery tape.
Special and unique polish book. The titel reads:”A book of merits for the country’s Air Defense Forces”. Published by the Branch of propaganda and agitation of the political management of the country’s Air Defense Forces in 1978. From the introduction of the book: “The party highly appreciates the efforts of commanders, the party and political apparatus, party organizations and the ZSMP, the entire professional staff and all soldiers in strengthening the strength and combat readiness of the Polish People’s Army, united by brotherhood of arms with the Soviet Army and with the armed forces of all Warsaw Pact countries. Edward Gierek First secretary of the Central Committee of the PZPR”. The aim of the book was to: “Disseminate the successes and deeds of the leading Air Force soldiers so that they become a source of inspiration in shaping committed attitudes among soldiers, resulting from the need for active in the Polish community in the implementation of difficult and answered tasks facing the Air Forces … The profiles of the distinguished soldiers should be display in visual propaganda and use individual cards in the exhibition of tradition rooms or the chronicle of the individual.”. The book contains names, photos and history of distinguished soldiers duties.
Historic Polish document „Statut Niezaleznego Samorządnego Zwiazku Zawodowego Solidarnosc” (Statute of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union Solidarnosc) printed in Poland in limited 6000 copies in 1980. The statute defines the goals, tasks, organizational structure and the way the Union operates, basing its activities on the basis of Christian ethics and Catholic social science, it carries out activities in the field of defending the dignity, rights and interests of the union members as well as meeting their material, social and cultural needs. Solidarity (Solidarnosc full name: Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarity”) was a trade union founded as a result of workers’ protest and established on the basis of an agreement concluded on August 31, 1980 at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk between the Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee and the Government Committee. Subsequently, it was the first independent free trade union in a Warsaw Pact country to be recognised by the state. The union’s membership peaked at 10 million in September 1981, representing one-third of the country’s working-age population. Solidarity’s leader Lech Wałęsa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and the union is widely recognised as having played a central role in the end of communist rule in Poland.
Polish propaganda magazine „Nowe Drogi” (New Roads) devoted to historic VIII Plenum Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party no 10(88) Warsaw October 1956. With some water damage. New Roads was a social and political magazine published by Organ Komitetu Centralnego Polskiej Zjednoczonej Partii Robotniczej (Organ of the Central Committee of the Polish United). This magazin is a historic edition so called “polish October 1956”, Gomułka’s thaw – the Polish October was a consequence of Stalin’s death (March 1953) and the related changes in the USSR, the disclosure of Khrushchev’s secret report on Stalinist crimes delivered on February 25, 1956 at the 20th Congress of the CPSU, the death of Bolesław Bierut (March 1956), the events in Poznań (June 1956), a split in the ruling PZPR party and the coming to power of a new government team led by Władysław Gomułka. The full texts of Gomułka’s paper and the speeches given at the VIII Plenum were published in the 10 (88) number of the PZPR Central Committee body – the monthly “New roads”.
Unique polish propaganda book published by the Feliks Dzierzynski Military Political Academy titled: „Political officer activist educator organizer”, Warsaw 1973. The book contains propaganda articles of polish writers about different aspects of life and important tasks of political officer in the field of education and organization. Political officer is a soldier with the rank of second lieutenant or higher, serving in the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Poland in the corps of political officers in the years 1948–1990. Political officers served in the Polish People’s Army and other Warsaw Pact countries. In NATO, their counterpart in terms of training and educational functions as well as cultural and educational functions were fulfilled by educational officers and non-commissioned officers. In Soviet Russia it was politruk, best known from the movie Enemy of at the Gates from Lejtnant Danilov.
Russian propaganda book with the image of Russian soldiers pressed into the cover titled: „Odessa in the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union. Collection of documents and materials” Volume II (17.Х.1941—9.IV.1944) edition of 10.000 copies I edition Odessa: Odessa Regional Publishing House 1949. The collection consists of two parts. In the first part, in sections I-III, there are documents and materials showing the city in the first days of the Patriotic War; in the second part, in sections IV-VIII, there are documents and materials showing the heroic defense of the city. Section IX contains materials summarizing the preliminary results of the heroic defense of Odessa. Odessa was a port on the Black Sea in the Ukrainian SSR. On 22 June 1941, the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union. In August, Odessa became a target of the Romanian 4th Army and elements of the German 11th Army. Due to the heavy resistance of the Soviet 9th Independent Army and the rapidly formed Separate Coastal Army, supported by the Black Sea Fleet, it took the Axis forces 73 days of siege and four assaults to take the city. Romanian forces suffered 93,000 casualties, against Red Army casualties estimated to be between 41,000 and 60,000. From the book introduction: “During the days of the great battles of the Soviet people with the fascist barbarians, Odessa played an outstanding role in the struggle for the freedom, honor and independence of our Motherland. Odessa became one of the hero cities that covered themselves with unfading glory. Stalingrad, Leningrad, Sevastopol and Odessa, each of these glorious cities showed the world a magnificent epic of high Soviet patriotism, unparalleled civic valor and mass heroism unprecedented in history.The glory of the people of these cities, of their valor and heroism, of their military and labor exploits will live for centuries.”
Special and unique polish book. The text on the book reads:”Boleslaw Bierut life and activity” by Jozef Kowalczyk published by Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party in 1952 plus three documents from 1954. The book is glorifying life and activity of Boleslaw Bierut with a lot of propaganda pictures, documents and newspapers. On the top of some pages there is some light water damage. On the pre-title page there is a hand made notice by pen wich reads:”Comrade Nelken for the results achieved in party training. For the basic party organization (POP) committee at the MHZ”. In book there are three documents concerning Mr. Nelken’s studies at the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, among the exams. A subject on the basics of Marxism and Leninism. Boleslaw Bierut was a Polish politician, communist activist, NKVD agent, Chairman of the National National Council (1944), President of the National KRN and deputizing for the President of the Republic of Poland (1944–47), President of the Republic of Poland in 1947–1952 (elected by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland after the rigged 1947 parliamentary elections) and leader of the Polish United Workers’ Party.
Unique polish propaganda nonpublic document published by the Capital Center of Party Propaganda of the KW PZPR with adnotation printed to top of the front wrapper: „For inner-party use” (Do uzytku wewnątrzpartjnego) titled: „Some Aspects Of Psychological Warfare In Economics And Economic Practice” by Henryk Florek, Warsaw 1968. The document describes the diversion used by the American imperialists in the economy, which is supposed to be a strategy of fighting communism, and describes methods of counteracting such diversion. The Polish United Workers’ Party (PZPR), was the far-left communist party which ruled the Polish People’s Republic as a one-party state from 1948 to 1989. Elections to national councils in Poland in 1954 – the first post-war elections to national councils in the People’s Republic of Poland, held on December 5, 1954 on the basis of the newly adopted Constitution. One list was voted on. It was announced that the turnout ranged from 92-96%, and the candidates of the National Front won 97-99% of the votes.
Polish book „Upiory Rewolucji” meaning:”The Ghosts Of The Revolution” by Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski published by the Underground Voice Publisher in the People’s Republic of Poland in Warsaw 1969. First edition was published a few months earlier in Paris in 1969. The book contains sketches and Russian glossy printed in the last ten years in “Kultura” (with the exception of two not printed anywhere). They arose from the belief that “the fate of Central and Eastern Europe depends almost exclusively on changes and transformations in Russia itself”. Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, a writer, was a former Gulag prisoner in a Soviet Russia in years 1940-1942. After being released, he wrote in 1951 his most famous book „Another World” memories about his imprisonment in the Gulag. Underground publications (tissue paper, second circulation) were published in countries where censorship was in force (PRL, USSR, etc.). In Poland publications were published by the opposition as The Workers’ Defense Committee (KOR) and the Solidarity. These were non-debit publications, i.e. without being allowed to be distributed by the appropriate office (in Poland until 1989, it was the Publications and Performances Control Office), often ignoring copyright, confidentially distributed. They were published in circulation from a dozen or so copies to several or even tens of thousands of copies by illegal (“underground”) publishing houses or by private persons. The circulation of press and books, for example in the “NOWA”, rarely exceeded 4-5 thousand copies. Due to militia persecution, espionage infiltration and the system of controlling the trade in paper, ink and printing presses were in force in totalitarian countries, independent publishing houses never managed to achieve a large coverage, except for the Polish People’s Republic in the second half of the 1980s.
Book from Poland with the titel:”Tu w Ameryce, czyli dobre rady dla Polaków” wich means:”Here in America, good advice for Polish people” by Leopold Tyrmand. first edition published in exile by the Polish Cultural Foundation (PFK) in London in 1975. Leopold Tyrmand was the Polish writer, who due to his uncompromising attitude, faced repressions in 1958, and censorship stopped his subsequent novels. The last book he managed to publish in Poland was “Filip”. In 1965 he emigrated abroad. The book “Here in America, good advice for Polish people” is telling about America as seen through Tyrmand eyes. The Polish Cultural Foundation (PFK) was Polish publishing house, and founded in 1950 in exile in London (some polish writers after the WWII did not come back to People’s Republic of Poland ruled by Soviets and then they were joined others writers who escaped from Poland). The first books and brochures of the PKF began to appear in 1963. Since then, the Polish Cultural Foundation has published almost 500 books and since 1968 it has been the publisher of Dziennik Polski, one of the most famous Polish dailies in Great Britain.
Polish book „Nierzeczywistosc” by Kazimierz Brandys published by the underground Independent Publishing House „NOWA” in the People’s Republic of Poland in Warsaw 1981. Nierzeczywistosc means:”Unreality”. The first edition of this book is from 1977, and was the first book of the contemporary Polish writer Kazimierz Brandys. Published in the so-called second circulation. Nierzeczywistosc is the writer’s account of himself, Polishness and the People’s Republic of Poland in which he creates after all, he was involved in some way. Underground publications (tissue paper, second circulation) – publications published in countries where censorship was in force (PRL, USSR, etc.). In Poland publications were published by the opposition as The Workers’ Defense Committee (KOR) and the Solidarity. These were non-debit publications, i.e. without being allowed to be distributed by the appropriate office (in Poland until 1989, it was the Publications and Performances Control Office), often ignoring copyright, confidentially distributed. They were published in circulation from a dozen or so copies to several or even tens of thousands of copies by illegal (“underground”) publishing houses or by private persons. The circulation of press and books, for example in the “NOWA”, rarely exceeded 4-5 thousand copies. Due to militia persecution, espionage infiltration and the system of controlling the trade in paper, ink and printing presses in totalitarian countries, independent publishing houses never managed to achieve a large coverage, except for the Polish People’s Republic in the second half of the 1980s.
Constitution of the Polish People’s Republic adopted by the Legislative Sejm on July 22, 1952. It was published with 50.000 copies but most of them had soft cover, this book is a hardcover. Ten chapters, 91 articles, 48 pages. Red hard cover with polish emblem and text in polish with the Constitution of the Polish People’s Republic. The Constitution was prepared in its original form according to the model of the Stalinist constitution of the USSR in 1936. It was mainly a declarative and propaganda act. It did not regulate the operation of the main center of political power, i.e. PZPR, which resulted in its façade nature. In practice, the constitution was of less importance than the statute of the Polish United Workers’ Party, which referred to the communist idea (Marxism-Leninism). The Russian version of the constitution was personally amended by Józef Stalin and the final Polish version was prepared by Bolesław Bierut, president of Poland. There is an extra notice made by the previous owner from the cold war era about the constitution, founded inside.
Book from Poland made in 1949. Beautiful book with the image of Stalin pressed into the cover. Special and unique edition book „Nowe Drogi” (New Roads) from Poland published in 1949 on 70th anniversary of the birth comrade Josef Stalin. It is a social and political book published by Organ Komitetu Centralnego Polskiej Zjednoczonej Partii Robotniczej (Organ of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party) No 6(28) November-December 1949. The book is entirely devoted to the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s birth. On pre-title page is a handwritten notice by pen: „Drogiemu Jankowi w historycznym dniu 13.1.50 Bronek” which means: „Dear Jankowi in historic days 13.1.50 Bronek”. The book contains propaganda articles of Polish famous communist activists headed by the president (Boleslaw Bierut) and the prime minister (Jozef Cyrankiewicz) and other activists glorifying the life and activity of Josef Stalin with a lot of propaganda pictures, documents and newspapers.