By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir bargains a clean glance contained in the trauma of conflict and captivity throughout the First global warfare, with resonance for brand new world.Georges Connes was once a tender literature graduate whilst he was once 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 struggle until eventually his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment international battle, he used to be energetic within the French Resistance, was once arrested and detained, and eventually went into hiding. After the conflict, 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 talked about his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important soreness endured in the event you needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dirt' of struggle. Connes makes a speciality of the human elements of struggle, that are all too effortless to fail to remember 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 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 struggle. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in glossy heritage, Connes remained confident approximately humanity. This voice of wish offers perception not just into the 1st international struggle yet into the modern global.
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Etc. So all of us agree: Mr. 3 On the evening of June 10, I still have not been called out. Only two or three of us are left, and our interrogations are postponed until tomorrow. That’s my luck! The next day they are probably busy with other rooms, they are not in a hurry, and it’s already late in the day when they come for me at last. The orderly takes me to the office. I am expecting to face important individuals and diplomats crafty as foxes. How mistaken I am! There is only one private there, a man with glasses and a goatee who doesn’t even speak French well.
Uh . . two, three years. We don’t converse any further. He knows as well as I do, along with everyone else here and everywhere, that this crossexamination of an officer-prisoner is nothing but a ridiculous formality leading nowhere and is still performed only because it is customary. In this case, it is almost ludicrous. The interrogator’s mastery of the subtleties of the French language is very poor, and some of the individuals questioned make fun of him with impunity. Lieutenant Schmitt’s French was better, and he was much more clever.
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. It contains the police station, the ‘salting tub’ and the canteen. Also, on the ground f loor, there are some prison cells with vaulted ceilings and barred windows looking toward the back.
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