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Battlescarred
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Jun 10 2014 15:08
WW1 action

100 years since the assassination of Franz Ferdinand:
A TOUR OF WHITEHALL – r
emembering the victims and opponents of World War 1Saturday 28 June,
1.30pm, Parliament Square The official commemorations for the start of WW1 will
focus on the sacrifice and suffering of the war. But the statues displayed around
Whitehall – of Lloyd George, Churchill and Haig – show that the British
establishment still has few regrets about that suffering. These WW1 leaders were
responsible for sending a million men to their deaths in a war that killed 16
million, a war that led, inexorably, to fascism and the horrors of WW2. But
Whitehall has an alternative history, a history of protests by suffragettes,
soldiers and workers. Join us to explore that history. (Dressing up is optional. But
it would be great if people came as anti-war suffragettes or ‘unknown soldiers’ –
and the more Archduke Ferdinands and Duchess Sophies, the better!)

*‘Remembering the Real WWI’ presents:Abel Gance’s anti-war film,J’ACCUSEFriday 27 June, 7pm, Cock
Tavern, Phoenix Rd. NW1 1HB, EustonFree admission
By 1918, after almost four years of war, European society was in a state of shock.
French soldiers had mutinied and the Russian revolution had shown an alternative to
capitalism and war. But there still seemed no end to the slaughter. In this
atmosphere, Abel Gance resolved to make a film exposing ‘the horror of war’. The
result was J’Accuse, a complex love story that culminates in stunning scenes of the
war dead rising from their graves ‘to see if their sacrifice was worth anything at
all.’ A veteran himself, Gance used French soldiers to play these ‘zombies’ – many
of whom, in real life, went on to fight and die in the last battles of WW1. Gance
was inspired by the idea that ‘if all the dead came back, the war would stop at
once.’ A romantic delusion? Yes, certainly, but more radical and thought-provoking
than the barrage of TV programmes presently commemorating the centenary of the
conflict. *
The Imperial War Museum will be opening its new WW1 exhibition on Saturday 19 July.
The museum was set up in 1917 by the very same generals and politicians who started
the war. Join us on that day to commemorate the fact that it wasn’t victorious
generals and politicians that ended the conflict, it was mutinying soldiers and
striking workers – and they did so in revolutions that, almost, toppled the entire
capitalist system. For more details see: http://therealww1.wordpress.com/

markyhaze
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Aug 5 2014 07:59

As a further attempt to counter the current nauseating campaigns of the ruling class about WW1 there is now a 23 min documentary on youtube dealing with the worldwide wave of workers' struggles which succeeded in bringing the mass slaughter to a halt. It presents a broadly left communist perspective and was produced for the ICC's website. Comments welcome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvNpVJGqu3U