New exhibit at UT revisits World War I


Austin (KXAN)- Saturday marks 100 years since the “shot heard ’round the world.” The assassination of the Archduke of Austria by a Bosnian-Serb led to World War I.

A new exhibit at UT’s Harry Ransom Center is helping visitors understand the war they never experienced from the soldiers themselves.

Some 470 letters, books, poems and photographs inside the Harry Ransom Center’s “World at War” exhibit tell the stories of life on the frontlines of World War I.

It took two years to create.

One of the more moving experiences you’ll see is a letter from British poet and soldier Wilfred Owen to his family.

Others tell the story of rebuilding friendships.

A letter from artist Pablo Picasso to author Henri-Pierre Roche, expressing his concern about fellow artist Georges Baroque. Baroque had been hit in the head by artillery fire.

You’ll also discover the largest holding of French manuscripts outside of Paris plus documents from the Eastern Front.

A side of the war that few may know about.

“The World at War, 1914-1918″ runs until August 3rd.

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