Thu, November 7, 2013
Kriegie Life: The Words and Artwork of Lieutenant Carl H. Holmstrom, Prisoner of War

The exhibit opening will begin at 4:30pm in Ridgway Hall, and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as remarks from the USAHEC Museum Staff.

“Trapped in a German POW camp during World War II, Carl Holmstrom spent two years capturing prison life in his art. His drawings and watercolors depict the suffering and humor of confinement in Stalag Luft III.” Born in Branford, Connecticut, Holmstrom studied art and graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1940. After enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps on March 6, 1941 and completing his training as a bombardier at Midland, Texas, he was commissioned a Lieutenant and sent overseas. On January 3, 1943, he was taken prisoner by the Germans on a Tunisian desert in Africa when his plane crashed landed. He was shipped to Poland and then to the Stalag Luft III prison camp in Sagan, Germany, finally being liberated by General George Patton’s Third Army on April 29, 1945.

When Mrs. Holmstrom donated the artwork to the Military History Institute in 1980, she remarked that her husband Carl mailed some of the drawings home to his mother and the rest he carried with him all over Europe, even during the forced marches, “He thought that he had something that he could give to this country.” The artwork of Carl Holmstrom, after being in storage for more than thirty years, will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly created, “General Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Art Gallery,” Ridgway Hall, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Carl H. Holmstrom exhibition will be on display until June 2014.