‘World War I’ Category

Wilfred Owen

Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

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Fur …

“Facts are mere accessories to the truth, and we do not invite to our hearth the guest who can only remind us that on such a day we suffered calamity. Still less welcome is he who would make a Roman holiday of our misfortunes. Exaggeration of what was monstrous is quickly recognised as a sign [...]

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Ernst Friedrich (1894-1967)

Ernst Friedrich, the founder of the Anti-War Museum in Berlin, was born on February 25th 1894 in Breslau. Already in his early years he was engaged in the proletarian youth movement. In 1911, after breaking off an apprenticeship as a printer, he became a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). In 1916 he joined [...]

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961)

From up high where I was, you could shout anything you liked at them. I tried. They made me sick, the whole lot of them. I hadn’t the nerve to tell them so in the daytime, to their face, but up there it was safe. “Help! Help!” I shouted, just to see if it would [...]

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