A POW's Memoir of the First World War: The Other Ordeal by Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage

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 through the First global battle, with resonance for state-of-the-art world.Georges Connes used to be 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 through the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of conflict until eventually his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment international warfare, he was once energetic within the French Resistance, was once arrested and detained, and finally went into hiding. After the conflict, he served because the intervening time mayor of Dijon ahead of returning to his educational lifestyles as a professor of British and American literature.Connes spoke of his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important ache persevered in case you needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dirt' of struggle. Connes specializes in the human points of struggle, that are all too effortless to overlook within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the most important 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 viewpoint on conflict. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in glossy background, Connes remained positive approximately humanity. This voice of desire offers perception not just into the 1st international warfare yet into the modern global.

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We are not treated any differently from other people. The waiters just politely refuse to sell us more than the regular ration. Certainly we are already far from the relative abundance of the canteens at the front, and these are hard times for Germany. 16 Too bad we didn’t load up on food supplies at Stenay, to the extent possible, even though the available items were nasty. Hunger, which will rarely leave me for several months, is starting to hurt. With an empty stomach and feeling a little lightheaded, I get into the train car under the indifferent eyes of a few civilians.

He resembled Mainz’s Herr Schmidt like a brother’ (p. 158). 36 The Citadel at Mainz: Eighteen Months 3 The Citadel at Mainz: Eighteen Months The Citadel at Mainz probably has its origins as a Roman camp that served as a bulwark of Latin civilization on the Rhine. Built on a small hill, well situated and high enough to allow a view of the conf luence of the Rhine and Main rivers, it probably was used by the Roman legion to observe the barbarians and keep them on the other side of the Rhine. Called Drusus’s Tower or Drusus’s Tomb, a structure remains, the origin and purpose of which are not known, which appears to be Roman indeed for it is the base of a tower, built in drystone and still standing about thirty-six feet high and twelve or fifteen feet in diameter.

3. Sandre, also captured at Douaumont, had gone through Mainz and the ‘salting tub’ three months earlier. He also had to deal with the censor Schmidt, whom Sandre, in Le Purgatoire, describes as ‘smooth-tongued, smirking, officious and giving the impression of being cruel and false’ (p. 84). Further on, Sandre describes another censor as being ‘certainly the most cruel, underhanded and relentless officer in the whole bunch . . He resembled Mainz’s Herr Schmidt like a brother’ (p. 158). 36 The Citadel at Mainz: Eighteen Months 3 The Citadel at Mainz: Eighteen Months The Citadel at Mainz probably has its origins as a Roman camp that served as a bulwark of Latin civilization on the Rhine.

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