Loose leaf. This handwritten correspondence of the Lance Corporal Eugen Trauth from the Eastern front to his girlfriend Rosemarie Geimer in Landstuhl, Westmark (near Kaiserslautern), contains thirty-one letters dated from October 1943 to May 1945, including thirteen letters with original watercolors painted to the front page of each letter, one letter with a pencil drawing on the front page, one sheet with watercolors on each side, two charcoal drawings without handwriting, two Feldpost letters, one with a pencil drawing depicting a smiling soldier in front of a large stack of letters and a postal sack, fifteen letters without artistic renderings, and one stapled collection of typed sonnets by Reinhold Schneider, the German poet who's work was banned by the Nazis due to his critical stance towards the government and his ties to the Nazi resistance. Some of Eugen's letters are only one or two pages long, others contain eight handwritten pages, one of them twenty-four.
On January 30th, 1944, Eugen Trauth writes: "Today I am 21 years old. Yesterday I received your letters number 80 and 84. Thank you so much for that...." Some of the letters contain numbers, the highest is 95, referencing letters of Rosemarie Eugen is responding to. The letters are written in Süterlin, therefore only partially decipherable to us. It is, however, obvious that Eugen Trauth's thinking is deeply influenced by religious considerations, also becoming clear in his choice of sending the typed sonnets by Reinhold Schneider, all of which have religious connotations. Eugen and Rosemarie were in love, so stated in Eugen's letter of March 18, 1944, and evident in Eugen's way of addressing Rosemarie with "Herzallerliebste" (Sweetheart). The letters were written during his stay at the headquarters of an intelligence unit near Leningrad (to be deducted from writings, motifs, and his Feldpost address Dienststelle 10805) and it may be assumed that his artwork was created during this time and on the army's retreat to Germany.
The images include soldiers at railheads and in camp, armed soldiers on a sled pulled by horses, a riverside and a railroad crossing, an orthodox church, and many pastoral scenes including farms and homes. The watercolors and the pencil drawing (all app. 6 x 8 1/2") are mostly signed by Eugen, except for five (these do have Eugens handwriting on the artwork in one form or another), and two signed charcoal drawings, one one entitle Heimat (Homeland, 9 x 8"), the other a house in the countryside (10 1/2 x 7 1/2"). The drawings and watercolors are very well rendered. The quality of the watercolors and drawings suggests that Eugen Trauth had professional artistic schooling.
Text in German, Süterlin handwriting. The letters are mostly folded with light wear along edges and lightly age-toned. The two charcoal drawings with horizontal fold. Letters and artwork in overall very good condition. vg. Item #44667