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Week 5 Notes; Forgotten Men Lecture and All Quiet

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Week 5 Notes; Forgotten Men Lecture and All Quiet HIS 121

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Lecture on Prisoners of War in Total War, Class notes from All Quiet on the Western Front
United States History 1914-1945
Lacey Sparks
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history, WWI, POW's, All Quiet, week 5
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Date Created: 02/28/16
Week 5: Forgotten Men: POW’s in Total War  Historians are recently drawing info on this subject, even amateurs  Vanished POW Camp- Friedrichsfeld o Only a war monument now  Years ago, Donald Trump said to John McCain “I like people who weren’t captured” (against POW’s)  POW’s unrecognized because it seems as if not 100% was given  War led to growing brutalization  Treatment of POW’s showed: o Passion of defeating o limits preventing from going too far o Prove WWI was more civilized  POW’s build their own camp since able bodied Germans were at war  French created map of camp (only known)  Special apartments for barracks leader  Evidence of global war= different race POW’s together  Germans give evidence of feeding POW’s in pictures  Prisoners did all camp work  Had their own newspaper/ Sports field/arts & crafts/ orchestra & theatre/printing shops  Special railway had to be build  Adequate medical care  Some tried getting education  Complained about wooden shoes  Construct monument honored comrades  General Cederhalm- camp commander  Mareel Rigel- satisfied with Friedrichsfeld over other POW camps  Prisoners were treated humanely because of Powers agreed to regulate inspections of camps by neutral countries  Their POW’s treatment was based on how they treated their POW’s  Able to communicate with families/censored  Packages were sometimes more food as German civilians ran out of food  POW’s used as laborers; not supposed to be used directly for war or close to homeland  Reprisal Camp- French Camp, conditions much worse o Payback of treatment to German POW’s o Not fully structured barracks/ crowded/ frequently outdoors  German POW’s punished by being forced to stand with hands tied to a pole  So many pictures o German Army deliverately took pictures to answer complaints about treatment of French POW’s o Photographers not allowed in camp except family portrait souveneirs Class Notes: All Quiet on the Western Front  Published 10 years after war  Teacher was pro war and nationalism, inspiring Paul and friends  Frustrated at teacher due to miserable conditions  Himelstass – Drill Sergeant o Was a mailman  Unhappy with cook because of cooks orders yet get their rations after all  Kat o 40 years old o Ability to find food  Break many rules just to eat  Little is said about his family/ lying to them  Kanterie calls students “Iron Youth”  Young children feel older than fathers due to experience and highly discouraged, don’t feel like Iron, or Youth  “Lost Generation”- survive physically, not mentally  Going home is pointless/war is all they know/bombarding questions from family  Try to help new recruits without experience  Less and less training given  Motivation to survive and help comrades  Glory, patriotism, nationalism no longer a motivation  Goose scene resembles food struggle  Paul and Kat are “closer than lovers” makes new bonds; dependent on each other for survival  Reject heroism quite quickly  Hero- someone who will stick by o Give knowledge to new recruits o Someone providing more food is valuable o Demonstrating loyalty to other soldiers/ breaking rules  Selfishness of wanting to make himself happy through French ladies/ nationalism disappears  French lady loses interest when talking aboyt leave instead of being on Front Lines, making Paul feel like he is simply an idea


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