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A review of maria remarques all quiet on the western front

This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germany First serialized in 1928 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitunghe, the book was published on January 31, 1929, and instantly became a literary juggernaut.

  • The projectors were shut down and in the chaos, savage beatings were handed down to moviegoers believed to be Jewish;
  • It is understandably one of the most famous of war novels;
  • It became even more popular after being translated and published in other countries;
  • You must suffer for your brother.

Abroad, All Quiet on the Western Front was a big hit as well, selling 600,000 copies in both Britain and France, and 200,000 in 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 107 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. 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.

  1. In Vienna, 1,500 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.
  2. In the opening scene, for example, everyone is happy because they've been relieved from the front and there's plenty of food — and it is several paragraphs before we discover the reason there's no shortage of food. Perhaps the most insidious part of the damage done was emboldening the Brownshirts to go after people where they live.
  3. In contrast with being on the front, he is well fed and sleeps in a comfortable bed. 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.
  4. Episodes of joy and happiness and intervals of relaxation are combined with periods of numb endurance and sudden outbreaks of violence. 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.

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.

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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, 1,500 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, 1933, in which some 25,000 volumes were reduced to ashes.

Students screamed into the night, condemning each writer as some 25,000 books were incinerated.

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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.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque: a review

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.

  1. Vincenz Hospital by train.
  2. On that May evening, Remarque was ensconced in his palatial Swiss home. He was tipped off that the Nazis were gunning for him and drove through the darkness to escape.
  3. 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.

On December 12, Elfriede was beheaded by guillotine. According to Tims, in pronouncing the decision the judge allegedly stated: You must suffer for your brother. As for the book and film that started his career and ended his relationship with his native country, they went on to be stunning successes. It is still regarded as one of the best war movies ever made.