'WAR against WAR' - shockingly powerful WW1 photographs from Ernst Friedrich's classic anti-war book

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Jul 6 2014 13:52
'WAR against WAR' - shockingly powerful WW1 photographs from Ernst Friedrich's classic anti-war book

WAR against WAR
by Ernst Friedrich

In 1924, German anarchist, Ernst Friedrich, published the most powerful anti-war book of the 20th Century, WAR against WAR. At a time when the media are showering us with a barrage of pro-war propaganda on the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Friedrich’s anti-war propaganda is more vital than ever.

Of course, the media and exhibition organizers will claim that their commemorations are neutral and not at all pro-war. But until they show images and texts as graphic and truthful about the realities of war as these, their claims are, at best, self-delusion.

The book has recently been republished by Spokesman Books. Here are just some of its shocking images:

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES!

THE CAUSE OF WAR
Long ago, Plato who was born 427 years before the Nazarene, Plato, that wise man, said: -
“All wars arise for the possession of wealth”.
That is as true a word as ever was spoken.
And wonderfully enough
the working slaves of all lands abandon their plough and their anvil,
they hasten to arms,
and protect the life and property of their masters with their own blood and life.
What did I say? “That this is strange?” No, it is quite natural – a natural monstrosity!

I, therefore, always say to my brothers, the proletarians, I say to the class-war fighters:
Free yourselves from bourgeois prejudices!
Fight against capitalism within yourselves!
Fight against Capitalism – and you fight against every war!
The battle-field in the factories and the mines,
the hero’s death in the infirmaries, the mass graves in the barracks,
in short, the war, the apparently eternal war, of the exploited against the exploiters!
DO – YOU – NOT – REALISE – ALL – THIS?

The war against war signifies:
The war of the victimised against the profiteers!
The war of the deceived against the deceivers!
The war of the oppressed against the oppressors!
The war of the tortured against the torturers!
The war of the hungry against the well fed!

More of Friedrich's book can be found here:

http://josefchladek.com

http://fotografie.hfg-karlsruhe.de

http://craigritchie.co.uk

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Jul 6 2014 13:58

If anyone has the skill to upgrade this page to HISTORY archive rather than just a forum topic. That would be great.

It's interesting to know that Ernst Friedrich also set up the first International Anti-War Museum in Berlin:

It was closed down by the Nazis and used as torture centre by the SA:

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Jul 6 2014 16:36

Elmer Anderson, the old wobbly who mentored me back in the '70s lent this book. Shocking even to cynical kid me.

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Jul 7 2014 15:56

Hi, thanks for posting. The best thing to do would be to create an image gallery containing these photos, or post a history article and upload the images as attachments and embed them in the text. Would you be able to do that?

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Jul 7 2014 17:18
Steven. wrote:
Hi, thanks for posting. The best thing to do would be to create an image gallery containing these photos, or post a history article and upload the images as attachments and embed them in the text. Would you be able to do that?

That would be awesome, these images have to be accessible on a broad media outlet to reveal the horror of State sanctioned murder!

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Jul 10 2014 00:22

The photos of the disfigured wounded reminded me it gave rise to the development of plastic surgery which now is corrupttd into more a cosmetic money maker.

But it seems now with the rapid treatment of today's casualties of war, many soldiers are once again suffering horrific wounds that otherwise they previously wouldn't have survived to live with.