Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan

5

1943

A ‘survival strategy’ on the Eastern front

A German position somewhere on the Eastern Front in 1942.

We were soldiers, dulled beings, vegetating in trenches and bunkers, wasting our time without hope, bragging, swearing, worrying, enduring, obeying: dehumanized caricatures. It was very rare for any humanity to show itself in war. And if an isolated individual wanted to write, and read and study, then there was a light for a candle. Light was needed only for eating and for keeping watch but not for the mind.