Silent Night, Stille Nacht

20 12 2004

Christmas 1914.  The “Christmas Truce”  Only one man survives (at least in Britain) from that night.  The Observer has a nice piece on Alfred Anderson who was 18 at the time.   In WWI 20,000 men died on the first day of the Battle of the Sommes, 40,000 were injured.  On Christmas 1914, along 500 miles of the western front hostilities ceased, and men became people, instead of killing machines, even if only for a brief time.

There’s a MetaFilter discussion on this, bringing up some good points.  One that struck me from the discussion:

Whenever I heard this story as a child I always wondered why if they could call off the war for a day, could they not call it off all together. You’d think that men playing soccer could come to some sort of friendly, sensible arrangement.
I think I was a lot smarter back then.
posted by ODiV at 9:55 PM PST on December 19

This Christmas, don’t let religion, or ideological differences pull the world apart.  Let the common bonds of mankind bring us together, as most religions would have us do.

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