Cecile Cowdery drew on the envelopes of letters to her husband during WW2: "After my first colorful envelope arrived, Ray let me know it had drawn a lot of attention from the other soldiers. From then on, I dared not let up! I drew those scenes to help him feel special. While other soldiers got “Dear John” letters, my man was assured daily by my sharing of remembered things from back home."
A happy medieval couple practicing the ancient Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe at an elegant Xmas party. Mistletoe was sacred to the Druids as it is a plant that thrives in winter and symbolizes immortality. Kissing beneath it was to ensure fertility.
The artist, Wilhelm Werner (1898-1940), lived since 1919 in the Werneck asylum. He drew the images between 1934 and 1938, after his forced sterilisation. He transformed the experience of the degrading intervention into a series of impressively imaginative and original pictures. Two years later Werner became a victim of the Nazi “euthanasia” programme. His series of drawings is shown for the first time at the Prinzhorn Collection
In 1941, the U.S. began to form a hand-picked army to fight in Europe; its troops were composed of artists, designers, actors, meteorologists, and sound technicians, and their true mission was not to fight, but to deceive the German army. Their props were inflatable tanks and pyrotechnics; their tools camouflage, “spoof” radio plays, special effects, and sonic deception. Their last “disappearing act” was to vanish from history. Officially they were the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.