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Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 – September 25, 1970), born Erich Paul Remark, was a German writer who wrote many works on the terror of war. His best-known novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1928) is about German soldiers in World War I, which was also made into an Oscar-winning film. His book made him the enemy of Nazis, who burned many of his works.
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All Quiet on the Western Front (German: nothing new in the west, literally “nothing new in the west”) is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German World War I veteran felt by these soldiers returning from the front. The novel was first published in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung in November and December 1928 and in book form in late January 1929.
The book and its sequel The Road Back (1930) were among the books banned and burned in Nazi Germany. All Quiet on the Western Front sold 2.5 million copies in 22 languages in the first 18 months of printing. In year 1930, the book was adapted as the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, directed by Lewis Milestone. It was readapted by Delbert Mann in 1979, this time as a television movie starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.
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For 25-year-old Adolph Hitler, World War I was a blessing. From an essentially aimless existence—”madly angry at a world that had rejected him,” according to biographer Ian Kershaw—his four-year service in the German army set him on the familiar path of it. Although Hitler was temporarily blinded by a gas attack and ended the war in a hospital, he once called his war years “the greatest and most unforgettable moment of my earthly existence” and “the only moment when I had no worries”. He was apparently unwavering in his belief that Germany’s survival depended on victory, and he disapproved of any defeatism or display of camaraderie with opposing troops, such as the Christmas truce of 1914.
Erich Maria Remarque, who was drafted at the age of 18 and briefly served in the field before being permanently hospitalized with shrapnel wounds, recounts his perspective on the war experience through narrator Paul Baumer, whose impressions of fear, hunger, filth convey shattered bodies. and hopelessness. The only positive he can cite: fellowship, he says, is “the most beautiful thing war has produced.” This band-of-brothers theme runs throughout the novel, and there are a few mildly comical incidents that lighten the overall tone, but ultimately there is despair rather than redemption, as one after another of Baumer’s comrades are killed or wounded.
There aren’t many geographical or historical details in the novel: I was never able to say exactly where Baumer’s unit was, and no particularly famous battles are mentioned. The strength of the book lies in the observations and reflections of it. For example, Baumer expresses a kind of devaluation of his generation: “We are no longer young. We don’t want to take the world by storm. we run away We fly ahead of ourselves…. We were eighteen years old and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.”
In a passage that sounds like a movie, Baumer describes the scene that surrounds him in the hospital: “A man cannot understand that above such shattered bodies there are still human faces, in which life follows its daily course. and that’s just
a hospital, a single room; there are hundreds of thousands in Germany, hundreds of thousands in France, hundreds of thousands in Russia. How futile is everything that can be written, done or thought when such things are possible… A hospital only shows what war is”.
What must have been particularly galling about the book to Nazis and other nationalists is that it tacitly debunks the “stab in the back” myth that perfidious insider forces undermined front-line military efforts. Baumer clearly sees that Germany is overwhelmed in every possible material way: “There are too many fresh English and American regiments there. There’s too much corned beef and white wheat bread. Too many new weapons. Too many planes.” Meanwhile, as for the Germans, “we are emaciated and hungry. Our food is bad and mixed with so many substitutes that it makes us sick.”
Little wonder, then, that in May 1933, just over three months after Hitler’s appointment as German chancellor, students in 19 university towns across the country confiscated “non-German” books from libraries and burned them. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was burned at the stake. Richard Evans says of this episode in THE ARRIVAL OF THE THIRD REICH: “A special category was reserved for Erich Maria Remarque, whose critical novel… was thrown into the fire ‘against the literary treachery of the soldiers of the world war.'” , for the education of the nation in the spirit of military preparation’”.
Remarque certainly saw the betrayal, but not the literary version, and although ALLES RUHIG first appeared in 1928 (first in serial form and a year later as a book), the education on offer had little chance of preventing the next war.
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