Stations of the Cross - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
Burke painted these while he was a Prisoner of War in Milag Nord camp in Germany during World War II. Milag is short for Marine-Internierten-Lager (naval internment camp), and Nord is German for ‘north’. Burke painted the 'Stations of the Cross' for the camp chapel which was constructed by the prisoners in one of the Nissan huts. The Stations of the Cross represent a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of his last day, beginning with his condemnation. Here, Jesus receives help to carry the cross. He is unable to carry this burden on his own and he learns how all must depend upon others to survive.