World War II


Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties, by Perry Bush

Perry Bush has set himself a daunting task: to tell the story of Mennonite pacifism from World War I through Vietnam. Drastic theological shifts, the expansion of denominational bureaucracies in response to wartime pressures, the experiences of individual draftees: all are part of this complex narrative.


Corruption of words

I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, by Victor Klemperer


On the Natural History of Destruction, by W. G. Sebald

Once you get hooked on W. G. Sebald's work it is hard not to regard most other literature as frivolous. He is, however, an acquired taste, like single-malt scotch. The first words of his complex and heavy prose are hard to swallow, but even if you have to grimace as the words go down, you will find that nothing else tastes quite the same.


Not so good war

World War II is not only history that we think about, but history with which we think.

Second-class soldiers

Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Days of Glory has received plenty of praise for its sometimes stirring story of North Africans fighting for France during World War II.