Vichy France pro-nazi propaganda abc
[ALPHABET]. MARS-TRIK, Marcel (illustrator). A-bé-cé-daire a l'usage des petits enfants qui apprennent à lire et de grandes personnes qui ne comprennent pas encore le français. Paris; G. Mazeyrie Imp-Editeur. Circa 1941.
8vo. (132 x 212mm); original illustrated wrappers printed to both covers, stapled; pp. ; with initials and illustrations on every page in bold black line; near fine, a remarkably good clean copy with none of the expected creasing, or foxing, and only the lightest of dusting to wrappers, internally very fresh; rare.
First, and sole, edition.
A rare and remarkable piece of pro-Nazi propaganda in the form of a fragile political ABC printed in the early 1940s in Vichy France. Its vituperative message is defined by hatred of Jews, and the English, and a call for collaboration with the Nazi regime. Cartoons, caricatures, and maps of Europe are accompanied throughout by pithy 4-line verses and each letter of the alphabet represents an ideology which is anti-Semitic, anti-freemasonry, and anti-English. For example "J" for Juif discusses Jewish greed; "M" for Montoire refers to the place where Pétain shook hands with Hitler (on 24th October 1940) and drew Vichy France into official collaboration with the Nazi regime, and "Z" for Zero depicts a map of Britain obliterated by bomb-damage. Only 5 copies listed worldwide on OCLC/WorldCat (USHMM, Brandeis, McMaster, Princeton, and Staatsbibliothek, Berlin).