History 05/02/20 “Memory of Stalingrad”: why this picture Hitler loved the most

German painter Franz Eichhorst, focused on the Eastern front in the company of Nazi propaganda in the army of Friedrich Paulus, was one of the artists, has earned the favor of the führer. Time to do some fighting in the trenches of the First world war, he knew firsthand about the rigors of a soldier’s life without unnecessary pathos portrayed in their battle paintings. Military sketches of the Polish campaign in 1939 became the basis for the award Ichhorst “Medal for fine arts” and the painting “Memory of Stalingrad”, written in 1943, sparked the enthusiasm of Hitler. When looking for a canvas was born the understanding that war is not a feat, and suffering, when every second can be your last, and another trench – grave.

“Memory of Stalingrad”

the Acquaintance of the leader of the Third Reich since this work of Ichhorst happened in Munich held the “great exhibition of German art” (1943). In the annotations written to the pale colors of the painting “Memory of Stalingrad”, it was noted that due to this color scheme, the artist masterfully conveyed and emphasized the essence of military operations. On devoid of dynamism to the painting appear before the audience had taken refuge in a trench wounded German soldiers, who a few months later, will suffer a crushing defeat in the battle with Soviet troops.

Immediately after exposure this after making Hitler a lasting impression of monumental work has been acquired for private collections of works of art. According to the testimony of his associates, the führer appreciated the artistic intent of this creation of Ichhorst, despite the fact that it reminded him of his chief military failure – the loser in the battle of Stalingrad.

This painting the Fuhrer hung in my office. As he told his entourage, Hitler frequently was semitrivialsmiling at him. The clearer became the certainty of defeat in the war, the more time he spent in front of the painting, as if immersed in the situation that it portrayed. When Hitler spoke in such moments, he could ignore the person or acted like he just was in the room and for some time did not understand what was happening. According to legend, which indirectly confirms the fate of paintings before his death he gave the order at any cost to save the canvas, so it does not fall in the hands of the Bolsheviks.

Collection of Hitler

After the death of Hitler and the end of the war, the painting “Memory of Stalingrad” along with other exhibits from the personal collection of the Fuhrer mysteriously disappeared. To detect it and 6 other paintings was only in 2012 thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic Czech historian jiří Kuhara. After studying the archives of the country, he found evidence that part of Hitler’s exhibits were stored in Texascom female monastery, located 50 km from Prague.

By the way, a few days later they were found eight missing paintings, which were found in the North of the Czech Republic – in the old castle zákupy. Most likely they were hidden there after Germany became aware of the tragedy of opening the Eastern front and in the skies over its cities were allied aircraft. Some critics consider these paintings “interesting examples of low artistic value”, and the auctioneers doubt that anyone will want to buy these works of painters of the time of Nazi Germany.

Ashkhen Avanesova

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