Lion Feuchtwanger: There is no greater crime than an unnecessary war

For peace, against war: literary selections


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

German writers on peace and war

Lion Feuchtwanger: Selections on war


Lion Feuchtwanger
From This Is the Hour (1951)
Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter and Frances Fawcett


«It could only do harm to go on with the war, and there is no greater crime than an unnecessary war. It is not easy for me to ask a lady to envisage the horrors of war. But let me quote a few sentences from a writer, the greatest of the century.» And he quoted: «‘Candide clambered over a pile of dying and dead and reached a village, which was being turned to rubble and ashes. The enemy had set fire to it according to all the regulations of the laws of nations. Men, bent under the blows they received, looked on as their wives were strangled to death clutching their children to their bleeding…

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