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For Release: Dec. 18, 2003
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‘Our German Soldier’
opens at ASU Museum on Jan. 11
The Arkansas State University Museum will open the exhibition “Our German Soldier” on Sunday, Jan. 11, with a reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and a short program at 2 p.m. The exhibition continues through April 4.
The exhibition is based on a World War II German soldier’s photograph album donated to the museum in 1961. The album had belonged to August Faller, a gefreiter (corporal) of the German Wehrmacht from Kahl am Main, Germany. Faller was a member of the Heer (Army), 168 Regiment of the 82 Infantry Division.
The 99 photographs depict the life of a German soldier from 1939 to 1943, from the Blitzkrieg across France and Holland to the fighting on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union.
Museum staff determined this very personal account of
the war should be returned to its original owner.
In August 2003 Steed and Dr. Scott Darwin, professor of German at ASU, went to Germany to return the album to Faller’s daughters, Irmgard Pfeifer and Helga Muller. Neither daughter nor any family member had seen any of the photographs since 1945.
“Our German Soldier” includes a reproduction of the
album in its entirety, as well as enlarged images from the album and its
return to Germany.
ASU Museum invites the public to the reception and the exhibition. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum address is 110 Cooley Dr. Admission is free. For more information call the museum at (870) 972-2074.
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