Munich: Ukrainska Vydavnycha Spilka, 1946. Kozak, E. Original pictorial wrappers. Item #135
Octavo (15 x 21 cm). 163 pages; illustrations. Text in Ukrainian. Wrappers and spine lightly worn and chipped.
Daniel Tchaikovsky was a journalist, member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), and supporter of OUN leader Stepan Bandera. He was imprisoned in Auschwitz from 1942 until the camp was liberated in 1945. Illustrations depict prisoners, and camp labor. This account of Auschwitz is the first survivor’s account to be published in Ukrainian, and is one of the earliest accounts of the horrors Nazi concentration camps.
"I Want To Live!" is an autobiographical book in which Daniel Tchaikovsky describes his contemporaries, as well as himself under the name of the protagonist, Hnat Tyrsky. The patriotism that lived in thousands of his compatriots, despair for homeland, and the desire for victory and freedom is the main theme of the work.
OCLC shows only two copies as of July 2019.