Beware the "Peace" of Communism. Breakthrough, Greater Detroit Student Anti-Communist Coalition.

Beware the "Peace" of Communism

Detroit: Breakthrough & Greater Detroit Student Anti-Communist Coalition, [1969]. First edition. One sheet folded to make 4 pp (29 cm). A gruesome assemblage of photographs “revealing but a sample of the cruelty, bestiality, murder and terror employed by the Communists to compel submission to their rule.” Included are photos from Korea, Vietnam, China, East Germany, & Hungary. In what appears to have been a strategic – if morbid – publication layout, the reader would have waded through three pages of dead bodies before turning to the rear wrapper, which includes two photos of dead children before advertising the details of a demonstration in downtown Detroit in support of the Vietnam War and against Communism. 

The publication’s author and the demonstration’s sponsor was Donald Lobsinger and his Catholic anti-Communist organization, Breakthrough. Lobsinger was an ex-serviceman who founded Breakthrough in 1963. The group was popular with ethnic whites in Detroit, especially Polish Catholics, and encouraged whites to arm themselves following the 1967 race riot in Detroit. Breakthrough’s slogan was ‘America Forever, Communism Never’ and is emblazoned on the rear wrapper. A co-sponsor of the demonstration, which took place Oct. 15, 1969 at Kennedy Square, was the Greater Detroit Student Anti-Communist Coalition. Crease near spine, a few faint splatter marks to rear page. Two copies in WorldCat (Michigan State and Univ. of Chicago). Item #06514

Price: $75.00