JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
Needless to say, the cover design for Cent Millions de Catholiques Martyrs (published 1943) is very striking, and very unusual. I've noticed the swastika/crucifix motif before, but not this bloody, and not with Jesus on it. (This is a relatively rare publication: only six copies are located in WorldCat, and all quite good libraries, too, including the LC, Newberry, NYPL, Harvard, Stanford/Hoover, and WVU.)
The other thing of interest is a discussion of concentration camps--in particular, the Voellersdorf (Wollersdorf) concentration camp in Austria, which was used for political prisoners, including fascists. As a matter of fact, the camp was liberated after the Anschluss, and the Nazis took great pleasure in burning the camp to the ground...to high propagandistic value.1
The camp evidently was burned after all of the useful stuff was removed. It has been reported that furniture stamped "Voellersdorf" were found in Dachau.
Also sent to Dachau was the commandant of the "detention" camp Voellersdorf, Emanuel Stillfried. He was sent to Dachau on April 4, 1938 (and given the "matriculation" number 13808) and interned as a political prisoner (under "protective custody") partially for his role in imprisoning "illegal" Austrian Nazis. He was released from Dachau on September 13, 1943.2
It is not a terribly common thing to encounter a concentration camp photo in a pamphlet like this during the war, so I'll share it here--
Voellersdorf (near Vienna), described as the principal concentration camp in Austria:
Here's a very interesting British film on the Nazi burning of the Austrian concentration camp:
- See Society of Terror: Inside the Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps, Paul Neurath, Nico Stehr, Christian Fleck; Routledge, 2005, page 21.
- See http://www.polizei.gv.at/sbg/publikationen/geschichte/gendarmerie.aspx