Messages 2008

A German Author Finds Confirmation.

September 5th, 2008

Santa Cruz, California

Received by FAB


I am here, Erich Remarque.

I was happy I left behind my novel [All Quiet on the Western Front]. The consequences of writing it went a long way to bringing me happiness over here.

I had a large sense that the anti-war feeling that was so intense after the war [World War I] would bear fruit and bring fulfillment. What I have learned over here about God’s plan for the earth confirms my original perception.


Erich Paul Remark was born in a working-class family in the German city of Osnabruck, the son of Peter Franz Remark (b. June 14 1867, Kaiserswerth) and Anna Maria Remark, nee Stallknecht (b. November 21 1871, Katernberg).

All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues) was written in a few months in 1927, but Remarque was not immediately able to find a publisher. The novel, published in 1929, described the utter cruelty of the war from the perspective of a twenty year-old soldier. A number of similar works followed; in simple, emotive language they described wartime and the postwar years. (Source: Wikipedia)