- Trooper and painter/varnisher
The Viennese Karl Artner fought on the eastern battlefields during the First World War – lastly as a corporal with the Imperial-Royal Infantry Regiment No. 100. He was taken prisoner by the Russians in Galicia in August 1916 and not released until 1920. While he was away from home, Karl Artner wrote countless letters and forces postcards to his parents, siblings and most of all to his later wife Karoline Eigner; filled in the beginning with ardent enthusiasm for the war, as time went by he repeatedly expressed to her his deeply felt desire for peace and homecoming.