Death on the Battlefield – Mourning Cards as Memorials

Berlis, Angela (22 July 2016). Death on the Battlefield – Mourning Cards as Memorials (Unpublished). In: Faith and the First World War. University of Glasgow, Schottland. 21.-22.07.2016.

This paper deals with mourning cards, in German "Totenzettel" or "Sterbebildchen". These small pieces are typical for a Catholic culture of remembrance; from the Netherlands where they originated in the 17th century, they spread in the 18th and 19th centuries to other countries on the European continent. With World War I, a new form of typical mourning cards for soldiers in Germany came into being. They served both as legitimation of war and as medium of mourning for the family, using traditional Christian repertoire of text and image. The paper looks at several of these mourning cards, the information they give about the deceased, but also on their message of heroic death, eschatological expectations and gender.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Old Catholic Theology [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Berlis, Angela


200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity
200 Religion > 280 Christian denominations
900 History




Angela Berlis

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20 Apr 2017 08:06

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20 Apr 2017 14:31


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