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Christmas in the Trenches

From: Scott Gurian
Length: 05:51

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Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I.

Soldiers_small Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I. McCutcheon's song about the event, "Christmas in the Trenches," plays in the background. Aired on Pacifica Radio on 12/24/02.

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Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I. McCutcheon's song about the event, "Christmas in the Trenches," plays in the background. Aired on Pacifica Radio on 12/24/02.

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Review of Christmas in the Trenches

The (positive) response to this piece on PRX got my attention - I'm the 7th reviewer - this story about WWI soldiers calling time out in the trenches is a lovely, telling story - but certainly not "little-known" over here - there's even a holiday season film out about it this year. Are we in the US really that unaware of what war is? I will say that I think it's a nice, thoughtful piece for the holidays - and I love the song featured - but I agree with other reviewers that it's too bad the interview is over the phone - but the information is useful.

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Review of Christmas in the Trenches

A brief look at an essential part of human behavior. This little know historical incident might serve to help us think. Very nice for holiday drop-in. Gentle, while substantial.

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Review of Christmas in the Trenches

Given the present state of our world and our present involvement in war this selection is timely. It serves to remind us that we as a global community are truely one people. War and hate needs a foundation in intolerance and the McCutcheon piece deftly incorporates the lyrical score with the mythology surrounding the event desribed in the song bringing the listener face-to-face with the spirit of acceptance of ones "enemy" as neighbor. In this day of yellow ribbons rightfully supporting our troops in the cause of battle there needs to be the ribbon saying "love your neighbor". This selection serves as this reminder.

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"Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon

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http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/christmastruce.htm