By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir deals a clean glance contained in the trauma of struggle and captivity through the First international warfare, with resonance for modern day world.Georges Connes was once a tender literature graduate whilst he used to be drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he used to be captured by means of the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of warfare until eventually his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global struggle, he was once lively within the French Resistance, was once arrested and detained, and eventually went into hiding. After the battle, he served because the meantime mayor of Dijon sooner 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 agony endured if you happen to needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dust' of struggle. Connes specializes in the human facets of struggle, that are all too effortless to fail to remember within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the fundamental 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 deals a pacifist, internationalist viewpoint on battle. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in smooth heritage, Connes remained confident approximately humanity. This voice of desire offers perception not just into the 1st international conflict yet into the modern international.
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It was to their advantage to give the impression that prisoners were being treated humanely and with consideration, to have them write home expressing satisfaction, thus indirectly undermining the morale of the enemy troops and population. Such a glaring deception would have been instantly spotted by any information bureau in Switzerland by simply comparing the dates and the so-called favor mentioned in many of these cards. It would surely inspire many of the deceived prisoners to make their anger known.
It’s by seeing them that one understands the difference between the verbs ignorer in French (simply not to know) and to ignore in English (to voluntarily pay no attention to someone or something). They will all leave in about ten days, to no one’s regret I believe. Their opulence is an insult to our pitiful state. From then on, we will rarely see any Brits, only a few aviators or colonial troops now and then who are much closer to ordinary human beings. The Russians, all well clothed and groomed, come a close second to the British for correctness, but with as much nonchalance as the others have arrogance.
Every man knows people in other units, and the mole 17 The Other Ordeal would soon be discovered. As is well known, the mole is a bastard who deserves to be bled like a pig when he takes advantage of us for the benefit of the enemy. But, on the other hand, he is a hero for whom no reward is too high when he does the same thing among our prisoners for our benefit. They have brought us our first official prisoner’s meal, a thick, unidentifiable mush that seems to be made up of potatoes and semolina but is less disgusting than some mixtures we will encounter later on.
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