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How Postcards From WWI Made Their Way From A Battlefield To Houston

Dr. Irene Guenther discusses her book, a collection of postcards hand-painted by artist Otto Schubert while fighting The Great War.

World War I Postcard
A postcard hand-painted by artist Otto Schubert while he was fighting in World War I.


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Postcards from the Trenches BookBack in 2014, we told you about an exhibit consisting of dozens of postcards from World War I. Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War was on display in Houston to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great War.

At the time, we spoke with Dr. Irene Guenther, the co-curator of the exhibit and a University of Houston professor. Now, Dr. Guenther has published a new book about the postcards and the artist who created them, Otto Schubert. The book is called Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier's Testimony of the Great War.

Dr. Guenther will speak at Brazos Bookstore about the new book Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Dr. Guenther about how she came to have the postcards in the first place and what they tell us about Schubert, World War I, and war in general.