Explaining his retention of the original book-title, he says: The phrase "all quiet on the Western Front" has become a colloquial expression meaning stagnation, or lack of visible change, in any context. His class was "scattered over the platoons amongst Frisian fishermen, peasants, and labourers. At the beginning of the book, Remarque writes, "This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it.
This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germany First serialized in in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitunghe, the book was published on January 31,and instantly became a literary juggernaut.
Abroad, All Quiet on the Western Front was a big hit as well, sellingcopies in both Britain and France, andin America. All Quiet on the Western Front is, as most American high school students know, the story of a company of volunteer German soldiers stationed behind the front lines in the last weeks of World War I.
Limbs are lost, horses are destroyed, starving soldiers root through garbage for food, the troops are ravaged by poison gas and artillery bombs, and few make it out alive. Wikimedia Commons Ironically it was this very humanity, and relentless political agnosticism, that made Goebbels see the All Quiet on the Western Front film as a threat to the Nazi ideology.
It was a stunning victory for Adolf Hitler that gave his party seats in the Reichstag and made the Nazis the second-largest political party in Germany. His leading campaign message, to unite Germany and make it strong again, resonated with voters in the midst of the Great Depression.
All Quiet on the Western Front may have been the first runaway international bestseller, but its utter lack of pro-German propaganda and honest, downbeat look at war made the book a Nazi target.
Hitler refused to believe Teutonic soldiers could be anything but a magnificent fighting force, a nationalistic historical rewrite that took hold amongst the battered German citizenry. He dies in the famous scene reaching for the butterfly. Unfortunately, the premiere was an animating moment in the history of Nazism, reclaiming the World War I memory not as meaningless slaughter, as Remarque says, but as a glorious noble German enterprise.
According to a Variety reporter, when then lights came up, the audience was too rattled or moved to disapprove or applaud. However, Goebbels correctly guessed that the theater would let its guard down during the December 5 showing.
His surprise mob attack went far beyond the realm of boyhood fraternity pranks like mice and sneezing powder. The projectors were shut down and in the chaos, savage beatings were handed down to moviegoers believed to be Jewish.
Goebbels, a tiny man with a clubfoot, had been unfit to fight in World War I and his physical rejection consumed him. His hatred of All Quiet on the Western Front was both a personal vendetta and one of the first major public displays of Nazi thuggery.
The main goal was simply to create chaos, to terrorize moviegoers, to rally support against the film. The embittered masses are violently against the Jews. In Vienna, 1, police surrounded the Apollo Theater and withstood a mob of several thousand Nazis trying to disrupt the movie, but vandalism and violence still erupted in the streets.
He sent a cable to Berlin newspapers, which ran as an ad, basically saying that the film was not anti-German and that it portrayed a universal war experience. Perhaps the most insidious part of the damage done was emboldening the Brownshirts to go after people where they live.
As Doherty eloquently puts it in his book: All the more reason to view the Nazi-instigated violence as the desecration of a sacred space. In his biography The Last Romantic, author Hilton Tims says Remarque was visited by a Nazi emissary prior to the premiere, who asked him to confirm that the publishers had sold the film rights without his consent.
Nazis salute their leader in Berlin's Opera Plaza during a book burning on May 10,in which some 25, volumes were reduced to ashes.
Students screamed into the night, condemning each writer as some 25, books were incinerated. He was tipped off that the Nazis were gunning for him and drove through the darkness to escape.
On that May evening, Remarque was ensconced in his palatial Swiss home.
All private copies had to be turned over to the Gestapo. Remarque would finish his trilogy with Three Comrades, the tale of three German soldiers who open an auto body shop and all fall for the same dying woman.
|Comment on this Story||Men are subject to physical torment-eyes are blinded, limbs are blown off, blood flows everywhere, and innocent men die in agony.|
|Chapter Three||The Hypocrisy of the Older Generation Summary Analysis The company is sent to the front two days earlier than usual, after hearing rumors of a new offensive. On their way, they pass a large stack of brand-new coffins.|
|Important Quotations Explained||Important Quotations Explained 1 This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.|
|SparkNotes: All Quiet on the Western Front: Important Quotations Explained||Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Horror of War The overriding theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is the terrible brutality of war, which informs every scene in the novel.|
Like The Road Back, it sold well and was adapted into a milquetoast film, albeit it the only movie with F. Scott Fitzgerald credited as a screenwriter. Although married, for the second time, to the dancer and actress Jutta Ilse Zambona, Remarque would have countless affairs.
On December 12, Elfriede was beheaded by guillotine. According to Tims, in pronouncing the decision the judge allegedly stated:All Quiet on the Western Front - Horrors of War Published in , All Quiet on the Western Front masterfully depicts the horrors of war. Erich Maria Remarque based the book on his own experience as a young infantryman in the German army during World War I.
Remarque was partially influenced by Henri Barbusse’s war novel Le Feu Journal d’une Escouade, which was published while the war was. A summary of Chapter Three in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front.
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The Horror of Modern War Survival. All Quiet on the Western Front certainly takes a strong critical position against the war and against nationalist and ignorant figures like Kantorek and Himmelstoss. Perhaps the meaning of the epigraph is that the book will let events speak for themselves since they have not been embellished for the sake of some political goal.
– Understand the nature of the war and its human costs (military and civilian) on all sides of the conflict, including how colo nial lost their youth and vision during the war.
Author of All Quiet on the Western Front and other texts. All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front could definitely be considered an anti-war novel. The changes the characters in the novel subjected themselves to throughout the book allow the reader to view the negative effects soldiers went through during, as well as after the war.