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We remember Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)

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Erich Maria Remarque was born on June 22, 1898 in Osnabruck, Germany.    

He wrote “All quiet on the western front” or arguably the most famous book about World War I:     

Praised as a novel of unyielding realism, All Quiet on the Western Front described in stark detail the physical trauma of war.

Remarque also articulated the numbing frustration and anger of the conscript soldier, sent into battle by government and military leaders for reasons of politics and power that he struggled to understand.

In the words of his protagonist, Paul Baumer: I see how peoples are set against one another and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one anotherI see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring.

Years later, it is still a must read for those trying to understand the story of what we now call World War I.      Barry Jacobsen and I did a series of shows about World War I.      You can hear the show below:

Written by scantojr

June 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

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