By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir bargains a clean glance contained in the trauma of struggle and captivity through the First global warfare, with resonance for ultra-modern world.Georges Connes used to be a tender literature graduate while he was once drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he used to be captured via the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of battle till his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment international battle, he used to be lively within the French Resistance, used to be arrested and detained, and finally went into hiding. After the battle, he served because the period in-between mayor of Dijon sooner than returning to his educational existence as a professor of British and American literature.Connes mentioned his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important ache persisted if you happen to needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dirt' of conflict. Connes makes a speciality of the human features of warfare, that are all too effortless to overlook within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the foremost black and white view of 'us as opposed to them' to unearth the complexities of conflict. instead of demonizing his German captors, for instance, he describes person examples of gratuitous acts of kindness.Connes bargains a pacifist, internationalist point of view on warfare. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in smooth heritage, Connes remained positive approximately humanity. This voice of desire offers perception not just into the 1st global conflict yet into the modern international.
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We are housed in three buildings: the first, which I just called the front one, on the city side, is the only one directly built on the surrounding wall, straddling the main entrance. When we look out from its front windows, all that separates us from the street and freedom is iron bars, a twenty-five- or forty-five-foot leap, depending on which f loor you are on, and the sentries. Plus, at night, there is glaring electrical lighting. The second building (by the way, called Building III) forms a right angle with the first one.
This information is given to us directly by the officer in charge of censorship, a lieutenant Schmitt or Schmied, whom I personally find disagreeable as a censor, not as a person. His duty is to prevent and discover our tricks and cheating. He is a censor; he censors. An ugly job, isn’t it? However, it is well known that the person who practices it for our benefit against our prisoners is . . OK, while he who practices it against us for the benefit of the enemy is . . etc. So all of us agree: Mr.
7 We catch a glimpse of a barbed wire enclosure surrounding men in blue coats sprawled directly on the ground with no shelter of any kind. Be we are forced to go in another direction, then enter a house, climb stairs (or rather a short ladder), and enter an attic, where we are locked in. Indeed, we are now literally prisoners. We collapse on the straw mattresses, which are the only furniture, and hours pass before anything happens or anyone says anything. We only exchange a few vague words, and, for the first time, we are overwhelmed by the horror of our situation.