Hauskrippe - Madonna von Stalingrad
Bild und nachfolgender Text (deutsch): © http://www.ingeb.org/ballads/madonna_.html
Frank Peterson, Sechelt BC Canada, who unfortunately also passed away, the picture presented to me a few years time. He told me, on this occasion that his father was a military chaplain and is also missing at Stalingrad.
The Madonna of Stalingrad
On Christmas Eve 1942 the assistant medical
director, Kurt Reuber, a doctor of medicine, and theology prepared
an unusual, evocative and unforgettable Christmas gift for his comrades
in the encircled area of Stalingrad. It was a gift that would greatly
aid them. The men trooped into the bunker, which barely offered
them protection from the cold and gunfire, for their lonely Christmas
celebration under the shadow of death. Suddenly they stopped short,
moved, full of rapture and amazement in front of the picture of
"a mother gently cradling her new born within the folds of
her wide cape". This picture, sketched under great effort,
with charcoal on the back of a large map of Russia was soon known
as the "Christmas Madonna of Stalingrad". Under this name
it has become well known worldwide. The picture escaped from the
"hollow or cauldron". The man who created it however is,
as with so many others, counted as missing in Stalingrad.
Today I reached an eMail (Sept. 17. 2011):
On your website is a picture of the Stalingrad Madonna. The explanation tells te viewer that the artist, Kurt Reuber, is missing around Stalingrad. Well i read that he died in a prisoners camp called Jelaboega on 20 januari 1944. (He died a couple of weeks after he made a second Madonna with the same words Licht Leben Liebe for christmas 1943.)
Source: Beevor, A., Stalingrad, (London, 2009), page 429
Just wanted to tell you, don't really know why."