Heart-Wrenching November 19, 2014

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  • Marthe Lépine

    If my memory is correct, this is based on a real-life event. There is also a beautiful song written about it, if I find the CD it’s on, I will send you the title. Unless another reader is able to supply the information. It is a Christmas CD by Canadian John McDermott that came out a few years ago.

  • etme

    There’s a movie about these events, called Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas). Appropriately, an international co-production. I sometimes make my students watch it.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Do you know if it is still available? I am not a Netflix user myself, but some other readers might like to know.

      • ivan_the_mad

        You can watch it for free via Amazon Prime’s video service, but regrettably it’s not a current offering of Netflix.

        • Catholic pilgrim

          Ivan, You can also watch “Silent Night with Linda Hamilton (2002)” for a film about another (though much smaller) historical Christmas Truce in 1944 WW2 Battle of Bulge between German Nazis & American soldiers.

        • Catholic pilgrim

          Another awesome historical Christmass peace story is the origin of USA poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “I heard the bells on Christmas Day” song during the heat of the US Civil War when he’s soldier son was injured & our country had lost so many, many lives & had shed so much blood over a useless war between brothers. You’d think Longfellow’d turn all angry Atheist on God but instead composes this beautiful Xmass song/poem.

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        • Catholic pilgrim

          Also sung at EWTN by Arroyo

      • etme

        Yes, as DVD, it is. I always prefer to watch movies on DVD, anyhow. Not a fan of streaming.

  • Michaelus

    The last Christian truce. This is why I decided that the end of the world actually happened between 1914 and 1918.

    PS that’s Carter Burwell’s sound track to True Grit

    • Catholic pilgrim

      Actually there was another Christmass truce in WWII (although obviously significantly smaller). A German woman who lived in a cabin close to a war borderland took 3 injured American soldiers as she was preparing to celebrate Christmass, the Holy Night. Nazi soldiers looking for quarters came by & (harboring enemies being a crime to the Nazis) she only took them in when they promised that they’d respect the Holy Night & not take the U.S. soldiers. They agreed. She cooked turkey & dinner for them all & gave them wine. Tensions cooled. They sung carols & one medically educated Nazi soldier even cured one of the injured US soldiers. Next day, the Nazis gave them instructions back to their US camps & both sides peacefully left the German woman’s cabin.

  • MarylandBill

    It is such a tragedy that the politics of nations forced these men to kill each other and in fact discouraged such noble behavior later in the war.