Halfmoon Camp in Wünsdorf

Struck, Halbmondlager in Wünsdorf.jpg

Description

The sketch depicts the mosque which was erected in the Halfmoon Camp in 1915. In the foreground, human silhouettes are identifiable. They appear as if wearing traditional turbans and cloaks. Other buildings are only vaguely perceptible.

Context

Hermann Struck (1876-1944) was a German artist specialising in drawings, lithographs, and etchings. He studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts of Berlin (Königliche Akademie der Künste zu Berlin) and became famous for his depictions of cultural and social life in Berlin. His work includes portraits of Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Einstein, Theodor Herzl, and Oscar Wilde. Among his students were artists such as Marc Chagall and Max Liebermann. During the First World War, Struck became a consultant for Jewish affairs with the Oberkommando Ost. He continued his intellectual and artistic exchanges with local artists and intellectuals, and published on his years of the war. Among his most important drawings is a collection of prisoners of war. Some were published in 1916 under the title Kriegsgefangene: Hundert Steinzeichnungen von Hermann Struck: Einführung in die Grundfragen der Antropologie, which was co-authored by Felix von Luschan, an Austrian anthropologist.