The Lompoc Museum invites you to the second of its 13-part series commemorating the 100 Year Anniversary of the End of World War I on Monday, December 11, from 7 to 9:30 pm, at Stone Pine Hall
Retired History Teacher Harvey Green will provide an introduction to and context for “The Christmas Truce of 1914”, followed by a screening of the 2005 film “Joyeux Noel” (“Merry Christmas”). The film’s dialogue is a combination of English, French, and German with easy to follow subtitles. A Question and Comment discussion with the audience will follow. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. For more information call (805)736-3888
About the Truce:
In the early days of World War I, the combatants thought the war would be of short duration; ending before that first Christmas in 1914 (it would in fact, drag on for another four years). In the weeks leading up to that first Christmas, there were peace attempts by non-government entities, including an open letter from a group of British women suffragettes to the women of Germany and Austria and a call by Pope Benedict XV that “the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang”. While these more formal attempts were not successful, an impromptu truce at some front lines was . . . at least temporarily.
About the Photograph:
Group photograph (above) showing men of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers with German soldiers in no man’s land on Boxing Day, 1914”. Imperial War Museums Photograph No. HU 35801.