SS Artist Ernst Krause

This young artist and designer participated in the Polish, French, and Greek campaigns, and was subsequently ordered to produce paintings for SS installations. His most noteworthy product was the aforementioned painting [“Knight’s Cross Holders of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”] which was given to Hitler as a gift by the LSSAH, and later hung in the great German Exhibition in Munich, 1942. The group portrait was applauded by the Fuhrer, who bestowed on Krause the honor of designing the Eastern Front Medal (Ostmedaille). He completed this task successfully and went on to produce numerous other works during the war. The painting was lost in the chaos of the war.
Source: Verleihung Genehmight! (Their honor was loyalty) by Jost W.Schneider. 1977

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