Category: World War I

Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”

“My subject is War, and the pity of War.  The Poetry is in the pity…All a poet can do today is warn.”  These words by Wilfred Owen are inscribed on the title page of British composer Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.”  Britten combined the Latin text of the Requiem Mass with nine poems of the World… Read more »

The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Eve 1914 during the horrors of WWI trench warfare, German, French and English armies established what became known as the Christmas truce.

A.J. Muste (1885-1967)

A.J. Muste was pastor active in the pacifist, labor, anti-war and civil rights movements. He devoted his entire life to the fight for peace and equality.

Muriel Lester (1885-1968)

Muriel Lester was an English Christian pacifist who fought to help impoverished communities. She became a member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and launched the movement that became the Save the Children Fund.

Victor Luitpold Berger (1860-1929)

Victor Luitpold Berger was a nonviolent Socialist activist who was elected into Congress in 1910. He was indicted under the Espionage Act for anti-militaristic views. The case against him was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court.