Benjamin H. Charles examining patients.

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Benjamin H. Charles examining patients.


  • 1943 (Creation)


Art original : watercolor ; 19 x 28 cm.

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Walter Kohnlein was a German prisoner of war held (and presumably a patient) at the 21st General Hospital when the hospital was stationed in North Africa. He was also an artist and made a series of drawings and watercolors which he gave to Benjamin H. Charles, who was the medical officer overseeing P.O.W.s at the 21st General Hospital.

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Maj. Benjamin H. Charles examines patients in the POW section of the 21st General Hospital, Bou Hanifia, Algeria. The German POW section admitted over 2,000 patients from the time it opened in late April 1943 until the unit left North Africa seven months later. That represented over 13% of the total number of patients treated by the 21st General Hospital during that period. The artist, Walter Kohnlein, was a German POW being held at the 21st General Hospital. Picture is signed and dated by the artist.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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