Memory Hole: War against War

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Posted by andreas from ( on Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 5:46AM :

Excerpts From "War Against War!"

Note: These images are extremely graphic

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"Papa" before and after war (2-page spread)

Young men before and after war (2-page spread)

After war: The Crown Prince and the injured soldier (2-page spread)

Dead soldier

Injured soldier (1)

Injured soldier (2)

Injured soldier (3)

Injured soldier (4)

>>> In 1924, the German anarchist and pacifist Ernst Friedrich published one of the great anti-war classics, War Against War!. Outraged by the slaughter of the Great War (now known as World War I), Friedrich gathered pictures of battlefield butchery and mutilated soldiers. Juxtaposed with propagandistic pictures of military "glory" and labeled with ironic, sarcastic captions, these photographs showed, and continue to show, the reality of war in all its sickening horror.

What's really amazing is the fact that this book was published around 80 years ago. These images are enough to shake even us jaded moderns, so imagine what it was like for people in the 1920s, decades before slasher flicks, Faces of Death videos, realistic war movies, and Websites like Rotten. The public had never seen photos like these. The emotional effect must've been overwhelming.

Despite its status as a classic of the genre, War Against War! is almost impossible to find today. Forget about getting your hands on the original edition. The best you can hope for is the 1987 edition co-published by Journeyman Press (London) with Real Comet Press (Seattle). It's still quite rare and usually goes for $35 to $80+. It is this edition that The Memory Hole has used for the above excerpts.

At some point, we may bring the entire book into digital form, but for now we offer these lowlights. With Bush & Co. determined to send America's youth into Iraq at the dawn of the 21st century, now seems like the perfect time to remind the world of what war really is, courtesy of a man born in the 19th century.

[read Friedrich's original introduction to War Against War!]
[read Dr. Douglas Kellner's introduction to the Journeyman 1987 edition]

[visit the Website of Friedrich's Anti-War Museum in Berlin]

-- andreas
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