To­mas van Houtryve

Smithsonian Magazine - - Con­trib­u­tors -

While pre­par­ing to pho­to­graph the bat­tle­fields of WWI (p. 48), the Bel­gian-Amer­i­can artist dis­cov­ered that he had rel­a­tives from both sides of his fam­ily who fought the Ger­mans. One great-grand­uncle re­turned with shell shock and never dis­cussed his painful ex­pe­ri­ences.

But, van Houtryve says, “the ex­treme hor­ror of the war is some­thing that should al­ways be taught and re­mem­bered. A lot of the po­lit­i­cal ten­den­cies that formed the world to­day ac­tu­ally came out of World War One.”

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