[HOLOCAUST]. DAVID [DAWIDOWICZ], Janina (author). A Square of Sky. The recollections of a childhood. London; Hutchinson. 1964.
8vo. Original black linson boards, lettered and decorated in white and blue to spine, preserved in photographic dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-221 + [iii]; with photographic frontispiece in half-tones and title-page panelled in taupe; a fine, uninscribed, copy protected by a fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (25s) with slight nicking to spine head with one very short closed tear (8mm) and a little bruising along top edge.
First edition. A holocaust memoir which begins in 1939, when the author was nine years old and living in Western Poland. Janina Dawidowicz came from a wealthy Jewish family who had their property confiscated by the Nazis and moved to the ghetto in Warsaw. Her survival story is related under 'the appalling pressure of war and the imminence of death" being "hounded and herded" by the authorities as they move from place to place while her friends "die, disappear". The account is distinguished by its dispassion and starkness which makes it all the more powerful.