Abstract for All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric M. Remarque

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Denisse Peralta Period 2 All Quiet on the Western Front is a very famous novel about World War I. Written by Erich Maria Remarque, a veteran of the WW1, the book was banned in Nazi Germany because Hitler believed it portrayed the Wehrmacht (German military forces) in a bad manner. The novel is in Paul Baumer, a 19 year old soldier’s point of view, who is persuaded by his schoolmaster to join the army. He is stationed in the western front where he witnesses the horror and brutality of the war. War previous to this book did not seem so bad by comparison- soldiers stabbed or shot, blood here and there. It was bad, but not as bad as a death by gassing, bombing, and being crushed by a tank. The soldiers lived in ruins. The political leaders, and administrators were corrupt and self-absorbed. On top of their horrible conditions, there was food, clothing, supplies, and weapon shortage. This novel truly describes how soldiers die and in what true conditions they are when in war. This book made you want to hate Germany because these young boys were in a hell hole and all authority ignored them. Even though this book was published before all Nazi violence broke out against Jews, it still seemed like a threat. The world looked at Germany as a very powerful country especially when it came to war, and this book screamed the opposite. This book wasn’t just known in nearby Germany, it became a universally famous novel which makes it a powerful success. No wonder the Nazis were afraid of it. Over ten million copies of this novel were sold by 1929. All Quiet on the Western Front was banned and burned in Germany along with hundreds of other books with similar themes. And since war was a way of gaining power for Hitler he thought his best choice was to just burn them in public so they can be considered a joke.In 1938,
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