Human resolve can not be put down.

Human resolve can not be put down. It may shape the way we live our lives today. 

If it is important to remember the efforts at reconciliation after the wars, it is even more  relevant to convince ourselves that in the midst and in spite of the worst there must have been good in the human relationships.

Clearly, whereas we know a great deal about the leaps of good faith and solidarity within the populations of each country[1]  we are particularly aware of the reports of dehumanisation on the front.

But also, everywhere in the villages, on the roads, in the internment camps[2] as in the prison camps, in the international women’s assemblies which were largely criticised, and even, according to reliable sources, on the eastern and western fronts, where there were outbursts of fraternity.[3]

It isn’t possible to completely cut the links which pass good values from one generation to the next, from one social group to another and from one population  to another.  Even when mutilated and without trace then human resolve still exists.   This is the conviction which has brought together the key players of our project.  These common values are a source which is sometimes hidden but never dry.  We would like to raise up these values and construct a project like a fine bridge from which all who wish can draw the water necessary for cultivating the fields of peace on either bank for ever more

[1] One of many examples: 68000 French nurses were recruited and trained by the 3 associations which preceded the French Red Cross, in 14/18.  The patriotism of the women on the ‘home front’ is not to be confused with the way they were used as part of the workforce.  See bibliographies of the role of women in the War.

[2] Les camps de concentration de la Première Guerre mondiale, Jean-Claude Farcy, Economica, Paris, 1995, and as a witness : Aladar Kuncz, « Le Monastère Noir », trad. du hongrois, Gallimard 1937

[3] Frères de tranchées (Brothers in the trenches) by Marc Ferro, Malcolm Brown, Rémy Casals et Olaf Mueller. Editions Perrin, 2013.