By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir bargains a clean glance contained in the trauma of warfare and captivity through the First global struggle, with resonance for ultra-modern world.Georges Connes used to be a tender literature graduate while he used to be drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he used to be captured through the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of conflict until eventually his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global conflict, he was once energetic within the French Resistance, used to be arrested and detained, and finally went into hiding. After the struggle, he served because the period in-between mayor of Dijon earlier than returning to his educational existence as a professor of British and American literature.Connes talked about his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that crucial anguish persevered if you needed to undergo the 'firing, blood and dust' of conflict. Connes makes a speciality of the human elements of struggle, that are all too effortless to disregard within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the major black and white view of 'us as opposed to them' to unearth the complexities of struggle. instead of demonizing his German captors, for instance, he describes person examples of gratuitous acts of kindness.Connes deals a pacifist, internationalist viewpoint on battle. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in smooth background, Connes remained confident approximately humanity. This voice of wish offers perception not just into the 1st global conflict yet into the modern global.
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Commander Mercier sees in his success the first proof of his theory: surely, without his intervention, we would have had to walk. Personally, I believe that the German officer from whom we requested something reasonable and easy didn’t see any reason to refuse. As for the privates, they will walk the thirty kilometers; no carts for them. 18 From Verdun to Mainz I am not certain, by the way, that walking would have been much worse than being jostled about in the carts. With the horses moving at a walk, it takes us five or six hours to get to Stenay.
Only later in captivity the selfishness of the least generous will awaken little by little, without, however, the generosity of the combatants ever completely dying out. Another character appears on the scene, a non-commissioned officer who speaks French relatively well and who comes to make the classic speeches that Sandre describes so well: England alone is responsible for the war and its continuation. She will fight to the last Frenchman. Haven’t I heard the same thing said by many Frenchmen?
Let the English stay in England, said Joan of Arc. I would add, let the Germans stay in Germany and the French in France. At least, let’s not go into the neighboring country with swords and guns. We get to the train station, having, fortunately, seen only a few local inhabitants. Stupefied and pitiful, they say nothing and barely dare to look at us, seemingly terrified by the sight. We officers are quickly loaded into a third-class German train car while the enlisted men are locked into cattle cars that constitute the rest of the train.