Artwork of German Hardship and Soldierly Struggle by Franz Eichhorst

Franz Eichhort (1888 – 1948) was a German painter, illustrator, and engraver. He is best known for his World War II paintings. After his voluntary service in World War I as part of the Imperial Navy, he set up a home studio and created relatively austere paintings of the rural folk of Germany. He became a teacher of drawing at the Berlin Academy of Art in 1935, then became a mural painting instructor in 1936. In 1938 he created a monumental mural, spanning the 4 walls in Bürgersaal in the town of Berlin-Schöneberg, titled German epic: From the beginning of World War II up to the national survey. The Face of a Young German fresco brought him much acclaim. In this same year Adolf Hitler would bestow upon Eichhort the title of Professor. In 1939 he and sculptor Arno Breker received The Medal of Fine Arts. Eichhorst would be very successful throughout the war years, creating scenes from the front lines, particularly in Russia and Poland. Over 50 of his paintings were displayed at the Great German Art Exhibit in Munich, and a good number also purchased by Adolf Hitler. Eichhorst died in Innsbruck in 1948. Unfortunately much of his work was destroyed or looted when Germany was overrun, though Memory of Stalingrad was found in 2012 in a small Czech town.


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Typhus – The Phantom Disease

by Otto Humm

Of the numerous eyewitness reports on the concentration camps and alleged extermination sites of the Third Reich, one often finds reports by former inmates describing atrocities committed by SS personnel while these witnesses were hospitalised in the camp’s hospitals due to a severe typhus infection. The best known example may be that of Jacob Freimark who, while recuperating from typhus in the hospital of the concentration camp of Auschwitz,[1] claimed to have seen numerous murders committed by an SS man. It ought to be uncontested that typhus epidemics occurred frequently in many camps of the Third Reich, the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz camps probably being the best known examples. Thousands of inmates and also members of the camp personnel became ill, and many of them eventually succumbed to the disease.typhusThe reason for the horror in the German camps at the end of World War II can hardly be better explained than by this photo of the British guard post at the entrance to the liberated, yet still contained Bergen-Belsen camp.[2]As a physician experienced in the diagnosis and therapy of this ailment, I noticed the time correlation between severe outbreaks of this disease and the alleged experiences of such fantastic atrocities of the SS, so that I will be more explicit on the symptoms of the disease in this report.Until the last century, typhus (also known as war fever, tabardillo, European typhus, jail fever) and dysentery killed more people during any war than did wounds inflicted by armed conflict. After 1914, typhus could basically be controlled through annual vaccinations in the German army.A typical symptom of European typhus is the patient’s marked psychosis at the peak of the illness, a state of incessant state of delirium.[3] Typhus comes from the Greek “t uj o s ” meaning stupor, referring to the frenzy developed by the sick.As a specialist for internal medicine, I encountered only a few cases of typhus, which were all mild due to vaccination, while serving at the military hospital (no. 2/529) in Russia. Dialogue cured the convalescents from their illusions. After the war, I often treated cases of typhus, albeit antibiotics existed at this time, which curbed the development of the disease so that the once common state of stupor did not occur.I do not know whether inmates of concentration camps were immunized against typhus. Should this not have been the case, then the outbreak of the disease would have led to the gravest delirious form. The occurring stupor has a specially characteristic, and it would certainly be most interesting for historiography to investigate a possible relation between the origin of certain eyewitness reports and this typhus symptom, since those hundreds or even thousands of ailing inmates in the camp’s hospital section certainly had little hope of adequate medical care, quite in contrast to those patients who my colleagues and I had treated. I therefore quote here a longer excerpt from the case study of a physician, who was on duty in a specialized hospital at the eastern front during WW II and who treated severe cases of typhus and who described symptoms vividly.

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Der Himmel grau und die Erde braun (The Sky Gray and the Earth Brown)

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The Reich in Photos – The Years of Struggle (Der Kampfzeit) – Colourized Photos

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