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title:

Herman Wells arrested in Berlin

image number:

P0031151

description:

Cartoon depicting the arrest of IU President Herman B Wells in East Berlin. Wells tells of this incident on pages 314-315 of his book "Being Lucky: Reminiscences & Reflections" (IU Press, 1980) which we quote here, in part: "I had an unpleasant brush with the Russian military. On one Sunday afternoon, Peter Fraenkel and I had driven into the Russian sector of Berlin to deliver a C A R E package to Peter's childhood nurse...Enroute home...we saw a brightly lit shop in the otherwise dark Potsdamer Platz...I asked our driver, P F C Wade Ferris, to take us over to see what was going on. Later we learned that it was a fence run by Russian soldiers for antiques taken from German houses. All innocent, Peter asked a Russian soldier nearby if the store was open. The soldier shook his head and, as Peter returned to the car, detained us with an order to halt, reenforced by a gun...The soldier accused us of driving round and round Potsdamer Platz taking pictures in a manner unfriendly to the Soviet Union. Though it was evident that the charge against us was fabricated because we had no camera, it was two hours before we were released into the custody of an American Military Police captain."

date taken:

1948

photographer studio:

Knecht, Karl Kae (as artist)

photographer studio:

Evansville Courier

accession number:

7590

copyright owner:

Evansville Courier

personal name:

Wells, Herman B

topic:

Soldiers

topic:

Communism

topic:

Cartoons (Working drawings)

topic:

Drawings

topic:

Caricatures

city:

Berlin

state:

Germany

other place name:

Russian Sector

other place name:

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

other place name:

Sovet Union

other place name:

Postsdamer Platz

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Wells, Herman B