Commemorative volume celebrating the Russian conquest of Berlin
MAJOR GENERAL V. S. VESELOV ed. and SOLOMON BENEDIKTOVICH TELINGATER, illus. Shturm Berlina [The Storming of Berlin]. Moscow: Voennoe Izdatelstvo Ministerstva Vooruzhennykh Sil Soiuza SSR, 1948. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. 8vo. 488 pp. Original cloth-backed two-color decorated boards. Shaken, covers rubbed.
This opulent, lavishly illustrated volume commemorating the Russian conquest of Berlin drew on memoirs, letters, and diaries of the Russian victors under a literary brigade led by Maj. Gen Veselov. On April 20, 1945, as a present for Adolf Hitler's fifty-sixth birthday, Josef Stalin barraged the center of the city. The Soviets mercilessly hammered Berlin until May 2, when the remaining authorities after Hitler and his closest allies committed suicide surrendered to the Russian invaders. S. Telingater was one of the most accomplished book designers of the early Soviet regime. After studying with V. A. Favorsky at Vkhutemas, he employed Constructivist concepts into his celebrated book designs. He received many medals and other honors, including the International Gutenberg Prize in Leipzig in 1963.