[Marxism] Comments to unrepentant Marxist about Christmas Truce 1914

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 4 12:52:16 MST 2006

>http://www.haloscan.com/comments/lproyect/113960437431109905/ My 
>grandfather, who was drafted to serve in the German Army, was one of the 
>participants in the Christmas truce of 1914. In his sector, the event 
>began with an exchange of combat rations. Since the trenches were close 
>enough to throw grenades at each other, the German forces traded food for 
>cigarettes.  Both sides ultimately climbed out of their trenches to 
>celebrate Christmas in peace, until the officers on both sides forced them 
>to fight each other again. In Vietnam, after I had forced one of our enemy 
>to lead us through one of their minefields, I let her go, to fight against 
>us another day. Even in war, we must occasionally reflect on our common 
>humanity, or we are not really human after all - whatever that means.

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