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Offers nearly thirty complete or excerpted speeches, diary entries, novels, poems, correspondence, and art with regards to international warfare I, with info putting every one in context

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Indeed, it is truly startling how grateful the people are for the slightest relief from their lot, so grateful that one is ashamed. For what is it that we can do for them? Give them a little light and love and sunshine. What is that in comparison to what they have done for us, what they have surrendered in youth, strength, and future in order to protect us against the enemy? That we can never, never repay. Is it not so, Father? And is it not terrible that there are so many now who have completely forgotten or else never fully grasped its magnitude?

Lewis, pp. 54, 55, 56–60] A Soldier’s Life: Confronting the Horrors of War 27 28 World War I: Primary Sources A Soldier’s Life: Confronting the Horrors of War 29 30 World War I: Primary Sources Excerpt from The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front Ernst Jünger German officer “Regniéville” [July 1917] Rations, too, were very poor. Beyond the thin midday soup, there was nothing but the third of a loaf, and something infinitesimal to eat with it, usually half-mouldy jam.

It will lead its own life, it will pass by without noticing those who became cripples in their prime, it will pass by without noticing those thousands of women whose lives from now on are filled with loneliness. World history will roll on. And yet one thing we may not and must not forget: Germany is not yet a heap of rubble; German men and women must not yet work for the enemy. What that means we see here with our own eyes; or rather we can only suspect but cannot fathom it in all its harshness and tragedy.

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