"The Stalingrad Madonna" is a drawing by the amateur artist Kurt Reuber (serving as doctor in the 16th Panzer Division), drawn in December 1942 in the encircled city of Stalingrad. It was drawn with charcoal on the other side of a captured Russian map, the only available piece of paper large enough.
Reuber hung the picture in his cramped bunker, and many soldiers who entered stopped to stare. Some couldn’t help but cry at this sole beautiful sight in the hellish Kessel, where cold and starvation were as ever-present killers as the Russian besiegers.
The drawing is now displayed in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin.