Gradually I wasable to distinguish the general
outlines of my immediate surroundings. Must the soldiersfight for victory while the
home front goes on strike against it?
I took up my work with the greatest delight and
devotion. But there was also a more fundamental reason.
The insolence of their masters had suddenly
subsided. In the second place, what effect did this move have on the
Here the resistance had lost all the character of
anarmy fighting for a lost cause.
There is no such thing as coming to an
understanding with the Jews.
From the very beginning I had my own definite
personal views. Iintensely loathed the whole gang of miserable party politicians who
hadbetrayed the people.
All the hopes that had been based on Russia were
A prudent silence reigned at the front, even among
the troops of theEntente. Towards morning I also began to feel pain. That was
thebest medicine to set the staggering Poilu and Tommy on their feet onceagain. We
were to accept theterms of the Armistice and trust to the magnanimity of our
In its place there was now a grimdetermination to
struggle through to victory.
Those who travelled inthe coaches of the new
Steam-horse did not suffer from vertigo.
Inaddition to this, from the front came the
shameful news that they wishedto capitulate! But that does not worry small-minded
people;they are quite content with momentary results. The position of the
constructive political philosopher is quitedifferent.
During the following days my own fate became clear
to me. I was told that what I hadconsidered to be a local affair was in reality a