Taras Bulba [Taras Bulba]
Bayreuth: Lorenz Ellwanger, . DP edition. Item #296
Octavo (21 x 15 cm). 104 pages: illustrations. Text in Russian. With the "Approved by U.N.N.R.A TEAM 186" note on the back cover. Light wear to wrappers, internally very good. OCLC located six institutional holdings as of December 2022.
A romanticized historical novella set in the first half of the 17th century, which features elderly Zaporozhian Cossack Taras Bulba and his sons Andriy and Ostap. Printed in a post-war German camp for Russian Displaced Persons (DPs).
Displaced persons (DP) camps in Europe after World War II were established in Germany, Austria, and Italy, primarily for refugees from Eastern Europe and former prisoners of Nazi German concentration camps. Two years after the end of World War II in Europe, about 850,000 people lived in DP camps, including Armenians, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Yugoslavs, Jews, Greeks, Russians, Ukrainians, Hungarians, and Czechoslovaks. The Allies classified the refugees as "displaced persons" (DPs) and made the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) responsible for their care.
Over fifty Russian émigré publishing houses were founded in the DP camps. Such publications are essential historical materials describing the post-war events from the point of view of the representatives of the "second wave" of the Russian emigration.