Regensburg: Ukrainske slovo, 1948. Hnizdovsky, Jacques (1915-1985). Original pictorial wrappers. Good. Item #171
Octavo (15 x 21 cm). 123 pages. Text in Ukrainian. Wear to wrappers; a few chips to text block.
A lifetime edition of collection of stories published in the camp for the displaced persons in the aftermath of WWII. The cover illustrated by a well-known Ukrainian-American artist Jacques Hnizdovsky.
Petro Balei was born on January 16 (29),1912 in Oshchiv, Lublin Voivodeship and died on September 27, 2003 in Clark, USA. He was a member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Ukrainian writer, translator, and journalist. While being a leader of the OUN, in 1934, he was arrested and sent to a concentration camp in the Shore of Carthusian. Released in January next year. Trained in Belga. In 1941 he was imprisoned in Krakow and served at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp (1941-1944). In the post-war period he worked as a director and co-editor at the publishing house of the weekly Ukrainian Tribune (1946-1948, Munich). In 1949 he went to the United States, settled in California.
Jacques Hnizdovsky (Jakiv Hnizdovskij) was born on January 27, 1915 in Ukraine (Borshchivskyi Raion of Ternopil Oblast) to a noble family bearing the Korab coat of arms. He began his fine arts studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Germany's invasion of Poland and bombardment of Warsaw forced Jacques to flee Warsaw and continue his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Hnizdovsky created hundreds of paintings, pen and ink drawings and watercolors, as well as over 377 woodcuts, etchings and linocuts after his move to the United States in 1949. He was greatly inspired by woodblock printing in Japan as well as the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer. Hnizdovsky has exhibited widely and his works are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a large collection of his prints, as does the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, which presumably has the largest collection of Hnizdovsky prints worldwide. Hnizdovsky designed numerous book covers and illustrated many books. He also designed several stamps and a souvenir sheet for the Ukrainian Plast postal service (issued in 1954 and 1961). Jacques Hnizdovsky died on November 8, 1985 in Bronxville, New York, and is buried at the Lychakivskiy Cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine. His archives are housed at the Slavic and Baltic Division of the New York Public Library.