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1 “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war”

2 What are some words that come to mind when you think of: “WAR” “SOLDIERS”

3 Born in Osnabruck, Germany in 1898 Fought for Germany during WWI at age 18 Was wounded 5 times & swallowed poison gas Suffered lung injuries

4 Loss of Innocence Patriotism Disillusionment Meaninglessness of deaths in war The Horror of War Shared Humanity: (good guys bad guys)

5 If you were on the frontline, would you view your enemy as a person with feelings, or just an evil force staring you in the face? Would you feel bad if something were to happen to your enemy? Does the enemy deserve compassion too?

6 Remarque’s novel shows German viewpoint during WWI Does NOT glorify war Remarque shows war’s dark side and condemns it Novel and film banned by Hitler in 1933 Novel gives Americans insight into German soldier’s mind

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8 Began in August 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Started with conflict between Austria- Hungary and Serbia Germany sided with Austria-Hungary Germany  Central Powers USA  Allies (France, Russia, Britain, Italy, Japan) Ended with Treaty of Versailles in 1919

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10 Consisted of battlefields & cruel new trench warfare tactics Used mustard gas, grenades, tanks, air craft, and wireless communication Germany lost 1.7 million men US lost over 100,000 men

11 1. Grenades 2. Bayonets 3. Machine Guns 4. Pistols 5. Poison Gas 6. Rifles 7. Trench- Mortars 

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14 The 19 yr. old narrator of the story Fought for Germany Enlisted with school friends to support the war effort Teacher Kantorek disillusioned young men like Paul to join army for glory Paul loses his innocence and idealism during WWI Best Friend: Stanislaus Katczinsky (Kat)

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