View Full Version : OT: Vera Brittain

04-21-2006, 01:43 AM
Just noticed that I'd forgotten to post this on March, 29 which is Vera Brittains memorial day. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif Better late than never, I guess...

As much as I appreciate the deeds of famous aces and the regular soldiers, men and women in WW2, it's good to remember that the civilian people are worth remembering too. In a way they fought an even harsher war than the people in the battlefields.
During wartime, a few people tend to excell in courage. In a dark time of history, one of the brightest lights of courage and hope in the world was Vera Brittain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Brittain), a pacifist and the author of Seed of Chaos (http://lachlan.bluehaze.com.au/books/fellowship_march1944/index.html).


En excerpt from the latter site:
"In 1944 she published her book €˜Seed of Chaos: What Mass Bombing Really Means€, in which she provided eye-witness reports of its effects. She vividly pressed home her argument: there was no evidence that the war would be shortened by such destruction - in fact its victims were more likely to want revenge. In any case, if the military intention was to limit slaughter and destruction by bringing the war to a quick end, it was senseless and illogical to try to do it by adding yet more slaughter and destruction to the already horrifying toll.

The response to €˜Seed of Chaos€ in Britain and America was immediate: Vera became the focus of a rising tide of anger and abuse. With characteristic spirit she said: €˜when people abuse you and defend themselves, you know you have got under their skin and uncovered a bad conscience!€ But as pacifists have discovered throughout their history, their views may also be heard and praised, and sometimes by unlikely listeners. One military expert wrote to Vera to tell her of his €˜profound respect for your courage in upholding claims for human decency in a time when war fever is raging€."

04-21-2006, 07:30 AM
I had never heard of her, thanks for sharing!

04-21-2006, 02:56 PM
Sometimes wisdow can humble us. Nice post.http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif