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And when they ask us.........................?
on 25 July 2016
Apart from the poems of Wilfred Owen et al from the Great War nothing has moved me more than the film and later the play of 'Oh What a Lovely War'.
It was a joy therefore to find this theatre workshop Bloomsbury edition - Original version and edited and introduced by Joan Littlewood. Reading it brought back the productions I have seen and it had me humming the songs.
No-one can really explain to us who have lived with peace during our lifetimes and we owe it in our act of remembrance to understand as much as we can if we are to engage and never forget.
The lives are spent, many in the prime of their youth, on the battlefields and beyond. A generation lived with its aftermath and for many their involvement was never shared and carried to the grave.
Facts can overwhelm us. The scale of loss and the waste of life drown us in numbers we cannot count. However, wars have not ceased and the capacity to kill has advanced with time.
In his Afterword, Victor Spinetti writes ".......but I never knew that all the fuses for the shells were made in Britain and that the Germans bought their share from us, during the war."
Futility, Hypocrisy and Rage cannot begin to express one's ability to assimilate such information.
Find your means to remember but if you can catch the play, please go............