Books: Polish Publishers

The creation of Marian and Hanna Kister, the Roj (Beehive) Publishers was the biggest fiction publishing house in pre-Nazi Poland. Started after World War I with a cheap edition of Jack London, it grew by virtue of its translations (Proust, Sigrid Undset, Pearl Buck, Galsworthy) to 1 80 volumes a year. In Manhattan last week the Beehive Publishers (transliterated to Roy for the U.S. trade) were again as busy as bees. In between was a story of terror and struggle.

When Poland was invaded, Hanna Kister was alone at the office. She discovered...

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