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‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz's experiences in WWII shaped the character of Charlie Brown

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz's experiences in WWII shaped the character of Charlie Brown
Charles Schulz, the cartoonist behind “Peanuts,” took part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the occupation of Munich.

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz's experiences in WWII shaped the character of Charlie Brown Charles M.Schulz sits at a drafting table with a drawing of Charlie Brown in 1956.Schulz, who served in the Army during World War II, created the comic strip Peanuts, which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others.ROGER HIGGINS/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS The cartoonist who created the Peanuts gang and television specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas" drew from some of his experiences as an Army staff sergeant during World War II to fashion the enduringly popular comic series.

“The three years I spent in the army taught me all I needed to know about loneliness,” Schulz wrote in “My Life with Charlie Brown,” published in 2010.“My sympathy for the loneliness that all of us experience is dropped heavily upon poor Charlie Brown.

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