Something of an unusual item for its type’ in so far as it is a ten year memorial / remembrance book related to the second world war holocaust, but with at least 40% of its content placing before the reader commercial / business advertisements related to the day (1955).
This is a Dutch produced publication entitled ‘Aantreden 1945-1955 10 Jaar Expoge’.
It contains (in Dutch) accounts of the holocaust by survivors, and related 10 year services of commemoration. Two, thirds of the way through the book is a section on modern day (1955) related war memorials and memorials to those lost to the holocaust.
Strangely however it is the impact of those choosing to advertise in the book that is the lasting memory of it once viewed. Many well know companies still trading today can be found within the advertisements.
The adverts I feel are very much something of the time (1955). Any such ‘similar’ account produced today I feel sure would have a certain solemnity about it and no place for business activity….its a document that is very much a product of its day rather than our modern view of the events of 1939-45.
Book is in very good condition, produced on 622 pages of high quality art paper.
The spine is with some age rubbing and slight discolouration, otherwise being damage free.
Further information related to holocaust listings:- I have made it known throughout 2016 that I have been visiting France and Belgium evaluating in essence 4 established collections.
A spin off from these evaluations is the introduction to a ‘number’ of families that used to run WW1 & WW2 military related collections that were presented to the public in the form of private collections / museums.
The collections were amassed almost immediately after the cessation of WW1 & WW2 respectively and as such contained very good untouched historic material. A number of years ago said collections were sadly dismantled due to the families age and disinterest of younger members of the families not wishing to perpetuate them.
Unlike the new age modern private museums that are now appearing in France and Belgium with artefacts displayed in a ‘state of the art manner’, the collections I refer to were presented for viewing in a dated and out-moded form of display….the families in question were quite aware of this, and this was a contributing factor to the collections disposal.
On introduction to these families I was privileged to have had access to the remainder of some of the material, of which some was good, some ‘bad’. All the rarer military material both Allied & Axis is long gone.
In one of the collections their was the remainder of some WW2 ‘ethnic oppression’ related items, which I have purchased.
I firmly believe that such material, although of a highly sensitive nature should and must be saved; but before presenting it, I need to reiterate Mons Military Antiques sales ethic that, Mons’ sells ‘moments in time’, pieces of history that hopefully are saved in private hands and by public institutions for future generations….NOT ideologies or political points of view or policy.
Said material will be ‘offered’ some time throughout 2017; any institution or individual having any prior interest in it, is at liberty to contact me regarding it via e-mail.
It is not a huge collection of items, much of it is period ep