Framed artwork made from toothpaste
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I was immediately captivated by the serenity of the snow-filled landscape. However, what is most intriguing about this drawing is the tools used in its creation. The unusual choice makes sense if we consider that toothpaste and x-ray paper were probably the most accessible materials to the hospitalised prisoners of war. Large numbers of injured German soldiers were held captive in Britain during World War Two.
While German prisoners of war in the UK were not the responsibility of the British Red Cross, the organisation was sometimes asked to provide neutral and impartial help to wounded prisoners of war. The peaceful mood exuding from this drawing is testament to how such acts of humanity helped the soldiers pull through the horrors of war.
Audio recording by Andra Paun (Volunteer), Edinburgh.
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