Flashes from the Front by Charles Henry GrastyFlashes from the Front by Charles Henry Grasty

Flashes from the Front

byCharles Henry Grasty

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII IN SWITZEELAND Bern, August 8, 1917. Switzerland is the rendezvous of nations, but the line between the belligerents is severely drawn. In Bern many of the diplomatic group live at the principal hotel. The secretaries from the German legation have a big table in one corner of the dining-room, where they talk gaily at meal-times, but as they go in and come out, passing former friends among the American secretaries, they are stone-blind, and so are the Americans. Switzerland, and especially Bern, the capital, is at present a beehive of German propagandism. Politicians from Berlin, German diplomatists in the service, German business men with international connections, German-American journalists, are all putting out talk intended to filter through and create the impressions desired. Those Germans charged with the management of this war are believers in "putting things over" or under, as the case may be, and the Zeppelin and the U-boat correctly present the war mind of Germany. Nothing comes about spontaneously. Great principles count for naught. Right and justice are empty words. The race is to the swift, the battle to the strong. A lie is as good as, yea, better than the truth if you can make it stick, for the strong and the clever can "make the worse appear the better reason." That is the brand of German Kultur that one sees and feels in Switzerland, and it is probably predominant in these times in the direction of the affairs of Germany. I do not say that the whole German people have lost all sobriety, love of truth, and sincerity. But Germany is the country of discipline. There is leadership, and the people trust and obey it. It has thus come about that a leadership of lies, of lust of power and self-seeking, has had the support of the enfeeb...
Title:Flashes from the FrontFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217211941

ISBN - 13:9780217211949