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Armistice Week on Vulpes Libris

Canada Bereft Vimy Ridge To mark Armistice Week Vulpes Libris is running a series of five features and reviews linked by the common theme of  ‘war’ – followed on Saturday by a little light relief from the final frontier  …


Opening the week on Monday, Jackie contemplates love and loss in wartime France in Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks.

On Tuesday, we have Blackadder Goes Forth: Michael survives the Great War, 1914-1917. Wait … bugger!

On Wednesday and Thursday we are running a two-part interview with popular Vulpes guest Renate Benedict, who tells us about her remarkable parents and what happened to her and her family in Nazi Germany before, during and after Kristallnacht, November 1938.

Then, on Friday, in the last of our Armistice-themed pieces, Lisa loses herself in Libby Cone’s haunting War on the Margins.

Kirsty changes the mood completely on Saturday when she boldly goes ahead and tells us why she loves the original cast Star Trek films – and why Spock is one of the great fictional creations.


(The striking image of Canada Bereft, from the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is courtesy of itmpa on Flickr, and reproduced under a Creative Commons licence.)

4 comments on “Armistice Week on Vulpes Libris

  1. Nikki
    November 8, 2009

    That picture is beautiful. It’s been quite a sad weekend really, with the news of the latest deaths and the Remebrance Festival and Centotaph ceremony this morning. But I am looking forward to these reviews.

  2. Moira
    November 8, 2009

    It has been a pretty solemn couple of days, hasn’t it? I’ve been on the verge of tears several times over the weekend, and I’m not a remotely weepy person. Mum and I watched both the Festival of Remembrance and the ceremony at the Cenotaph, and they’ve taken on so much extra significance over the last few years – with the deaths of the last of the WWI veterans, and Afghanistan … Remembrance Day almost dropped off the calendar at one point, but it’s come back with a vengeance now, which is an excellent thing.

    That monument at Vimy Ridge is just stunning – that’s only a tiny part of it – the main part of the monument rises behind her, and can be seen for miles – but somehow her life-size figure, standing on the wall looking out over the killing fields is the most powerful part of it.

  3. Jackie
    November 8, 2009

    It’s proof of how art can perfectly capture emotions and say things that it’s hard to find words for.

  4. jay benedict
    November 9, 2009

    Unlike Moira I only too easily get choked up at these things. Maybe it’s because I’ve just come back from Auschwitz where my Great Uncles were sent to and never made it. We think they were gassed on the way there…Or all those cemeteries in Normandy with endless New Zealanders and Poles and Americans and Brits or my Grandfather who won the Iron Cross in WW1 and despite being decorated by the Kaiser had to flee the Nazis and was lucky enough to make it to California with my Aunt and my Mother. My Grandmothers brother, my great Uncle Fred and not a Jew, joined the American army and went back with General Bradley at the end of the war to interrogate the Nazis. Crystalnacht and Armistice day and Remembrance anything brings tears to my eyes. I’m so grateful for that generation for making it it possible for us to grow up without world wars going on. We don’t know how lucky we are!

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