The Different Memoirs of WWI
World War I was an extremely violent and traumatic time for soldiers on the fronts of the war, but even though it was a dramatic time for these men the memoirs from the war was varied on the western front within the German ranks. Two well known books written by the German men were Storm of Steel, written by Ernest Junger, and All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarsque which were written on the same frontier, yet were different on many basic levels. In Storm of Steel, Junger explains the war through his own personal journal that he had written while in the war and though very patriotic and nationalistic the events in the book were as they hapepned in history to the last detail that Junger wrote down. Meanwhile Remarsque having written All Quiet on the Western Front as a fiction novel, allows for more leeway for interpretation and a plotline to be able to form. Storm of Steel shows a war that though brutal, was a positive experience due to the comradery and the lessons that were learned by the soldiers were a way for Germany to reignight the moral and patriotism in the country. While Remarsque had a more pessimistic view on the war and criticizes how the war had caused a loss of cohesion in the German army and the creation of a lost generation of men. The novels both from a German perspective have radically different views. All Quiet on the Western Front is the fictional story of a young German G.I. named Paul Baumer, whom with his fellow classmates trudges through the war witnessing the devastations of death and loss of innocence within the ranks. The story, even though it has a pacifistic view on the war, shows the dread of war and the mindset that led to the future of Nazism in Germany. In the beginning of the story Remarsque had given the reader a false sense of patriotism that as a young man and his friends allows them to join the cause and fight for their country. Throughout the story though Baumer and his...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document