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Drawing and letter by Robert Frank

28th August 1917

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Drawing by Robert Frank: “Cross-section of my shelter under the churchyard wall,” 28 August 1917. During the war the brothers Otto, Robert and Herbert remained in close contact by letter. The family was concerned above all about Herbert, whose battalion was fighting in the west. In a letter of 28 August 1917 to his mother Alice, Robert referred to the “wonderful surprise that Herbert can now remain at home.” His letter contained a surreal drawing of his “shelter under the churchyard wall.” Depicting a subterranean space surrounded by skeletons, the drawing indicates the constant sense of threat felt by the soldiers even while sleeping. Cross-section of my shelter under the churchyard wall. 28 August 1917: “Dear Mother, that is a wonderful surprise that Herbert can now remain at home. I had just thrown in the letter to him when the news came and I immediately retrieved it in order to send it to this address. I hope that Grandmother will soon be better.  I will congratulate [Bitz]. I’m not sure whether one can also congratulate her on her “release” from Max. Nothing new to report here, and so, for today, I send hasty greetings and a kiss. Your Robert”

Details

  • Title: Drawing and letter by Robert Frank
  • Date Created: 28th August 1917
  • Subject Keywords: 1914-1918, The Great War, army postal service
  • Type: document
  • Rights: Familie Frank Zentrum/Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, © Anne Frank Fonds Basel
  • Medium: paper, ink, crayon

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