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The Christmas Truce of 1914: A Heartening Story of Humanity in the Middle of War


In December of 1914, a series of grassroots, unofficial ceasefires took hold of the Western Front in the heat of WWI. On Christmas, British and German soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and sing songs across the trenches, some even walked over to their opponents bearing gifts. The incident became one of the most heart-warming displays of humanity in the history of human conflict and was dubbed the Christmas Truce.

This lovely short film captures the story and spirit of this symbolic moment of peace, grace and humility amidst one of modernity’s most violent and disgraceful events.

Complement with Eleanor Roosevelt’s little-known children’s book about Christmas and hope amid war.

HT @vcmcguire

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