By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir deals a clean glance contained in the trauma of warfare and captivity throughout the First global warfare, with resonance for cutting-edge world.Georges Connes was once a tender literature graduate while he used to be drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he was once captured by way of the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of conflict till his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global struggle, he used to be lively within the French Resistance, used to be arrested and detained, and eventually 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 observed his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important agony persevered should you needed to undergo the 'firing, blood and dust' of warfare. Connes makes a speciality of the human features of struggle, that are all too effortless to disregard within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the primary 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 bargains a pacifist, internationalist viewpoint on struggle. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in sleek heritage, Connes remained confident approximately humanity. This voice of desire presents perception not just into the 1st international battle yet into the modern global.
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2. The Douaumont Fort, located about one and a half miles from La Caillette, was in German hands by then. 3. The village of Souville is about one mile south of La Caillette. 4. Connes appears to have spent only five or ten minutes in Douaumont, which seemed to him to be a safe, if temporary shelter. He did not notice the traces of the explosion that three weeks earlier had killed 679 Germans. 5. This is an allusion to the battle of Jutland (May 31, 1916). The enormous battle took place off the coast of Denmark between the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Fleet.
Some people – and they are quite naive or quite optimistic – imagine that, because we are prisoners together, we all love one another like brothers. The former prisoners who suggest this are forgetting part of the truth: inaction and being thrown together are conducive to bringing out the worst in everyone. In the situation, judging already from each man’s attitude and words, I can guess who will be unassuming, refined, generous, selfish, coarse, boastful, brutish, or a drunk. I came back from captivity fiercely opposed to and bitterly ironic about all social systems, past, present or future, which involve any amount of community living that doesn’t allow the possibility for individuals to retire, at least at night, to some place which is his own, sheltered from other human beings.
The objects in the second category are confiscated but will be returned to the owner at the end of his captivity. These items follow him if he is transferred to another camp. I imagine the practice could not exactly correspond to the theory. The German administration had serious worries in 1917 and 1918, and a lot of things no doubt got lost in November and December 1918. I also imagine that the owners probably didn’t waste a lot of time looking for their possessions and claiming them. They didn’t give me back my blanket, which since Douaumont was my only possession, along with my clothes, helmet and shoes.
A POW's Memoir of the First World War: The Other Ordeal (Legacy of the Great War) by Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage