This framed pair of intensely personal notes from a WWII German soldier stationed at the Russian Front is a testament to love that transcends the horrors of war and speaks eloquently of that universal love. This card, which is loving hand-drawn in water color and ink, is the "sister" card to the 2nd card on he same theme, by the same soldier; most probably an artist and quite possibly one that perished in that terrible war. In this work, a baby in a German combat helmet is being carried through the air by a stork. In the distance rays of sunlight dominate a cloudy sky. The feeling of longing, love, and distance from the raging war are all simultaneously communicated. It should be noted that the insignia is absent from the helmet; this signifying the soldiers status. Both cards were found in Eureka, CA. Please feel free to email me with comments or information you might have on this touching work of art.Measuring 9 ½" x 7 ¾" framed, with an image size of 5 ¾" x 4"
The card reads: Dir liebe betty Vom osten herzliche Gluckwunsche zum Freudigen ereignis Deir gregor
Translation: You love betty from the east warm congratulations to the joyous event Deir gregor
Image #2 c.1942 WWII German Soldier Post Card From the Russian Front measuring 9 ½" x 7 ¾" framed, with an image size of 5 ¾" x 4"
This second personal note is from the same WWII German soldier stationed at the Russian front. The subject is flowers and Spring. This skillfully drawn piece lacks the presence of war imagery; only the German helmet identifies the scene's context. The feeling of longing, love, and distance from the war are all simultaneously communicated. It should be noted that the Nazi symbol is absent from the helmet.
The card reads: Dir-moen lives Truedchen Viele herzlichewunsche Zum 1 geburstag Aus russland Von deinem papa Juli 1942
Dir-moen lives Truedchen many herzlichewunsche 1 birthday from Russia of your papa July 1942