Vanessa Redgrave playing anti-war dissident Sylvia Pankhurst, in the film Oh! What A Lovely War , which government education minister Michael Gove singled out as propagating what he called the myth of the first world war as a ‘misbegotten shambles’. Vanessa Redgrave was one of the early signatories to the No Glory in War Open Letter .
By Priyamvada Gopal in Britain:
We must not forget those ridiculed, jailed and worse in the first world war for daring to fight for peace
27 February 2014
Fighting for peace earned you anything from vitriolic accusations of cowardice and treachery to job loss, state-abetted mob attacks, arrest, imprisonment, hard labour, courts-martial, show trials and even execution orders.
The commemorations of the first world war now under way in the media and museums are, we are given to understand, intended to be inclusive.
They will cover the roles of women, soldiers from Africa…
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