Auction 102

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Christmas gift presented to fellow German POW’s at the French camp Depot 135 Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome. A portfolio titled ‘Der Aufklaerer. Eine Festgabe fuer besinnliche Stunden’ (‘The Scout – A Gift for Contemplative Hours’) featuring artwork and poems created by German prisoners of war who were imprisoned in France. The introduction, dated Christmas 1946, reads: ‘Comrades! There are hours in which we want to break free from everything that is around us every day. Hours that should be like a mental bath so that you can go back to work afterward with a clear head and new strength. You can create something valuable in every situation of your life if you face your fate, even if it seems difficult. In this spirit, prisoners-of-war comrades have tried to provide some joy for you.’ The portfolio contains six drawings and two poems in German written by Wolf von Wachsmann and Walter Augustat. All items are copied and affixed to heavy watercolor paper plates, 6.25 x 8 inches. Two of the featured drawings are portraying fellow prisoners while the remaining four depict peaceful scenery. Stains on the cover, paper loss and wear to the cover, plates are in good condition.