His memories of the time before the war show that he was once a very different man from the despairing soldier who now narrates the novel. Paul is a compassionate and sensitive young man; before the war, he loved his family and wrote poetry. Because of the horror of the war and the anxiety it induces, Paul, like other soldiers, learns to disconnect his mind from his feelings, keeping his emotions at bay in order to preserve his sanity and survive.
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.The most telling influence on Erich Maria Remarque's writing of All Quiet on the Western Front() is Remarque's experiences in World War I.
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The ending to Erich Maria Remarque’s book, All Quiet on the Western Front is a very convincing and logical ending that connects every end together and ties together with the main themes of the book: the horrors of war, the fragility of human life, and the effect of war on the soldier.
The film was based on Eric Maria Remarque’s bestselling novel Im Westen nichts Neues (). A survey of the reactions that All quiet on the Western Front caused in the press, with the general public and in political circles, can be found in a book by Bärbel Schrader, which anthologizes contemporary criticism This study not only shows how.