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The Christmas Truce - Truth or Fiction?

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Catherine Helen Smale (Photographer)

Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2014

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To mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, Britain has celebrated the unofficial ceasefire between Allied and German soldiers during the First World War with a number of commemorative events throughout the past year. Yet whilst the popular narrative of the Truce has become increasingly embedded in British culture since the 1960s, Germany’s engagement with the legend has been far less direct.

Dr Catherine Smale, Department of German, explores the broad appeal of the account to the British audience, contrasting its popularity to the relative silence the Truce has been met with in German culture. She discusses how accounts of the events have been romanticised, explaining how this has contributed to a fundamental reworking of the narrative.

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