The film "Merry Christmas" and the real story of the 1914 Christmas Truce

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Oh! What a lovely war.

I love fraternizations and want more! Fraternization is an expression of humanity's enormous yet almost completely suppressed capacity for love  in the most generous, far reaching all-embracing meaning of the word. But today, the working class, splintered and atomised  by austerity and decaying capitalism, has almost forgotten love and forgotten what it is.  Love dare hardly speak its name.  

But Fraternization! The love of the working class for itself, the comrades it nurtures, and the possibility it generates of a global universal love obliterating all borders and artificial divisions, and opening up the chance for humanity to learn how to love itself forever  in joy and satisfaction. In communism! 

That fraternization was able to express itself at moments throughout the First World War was a miraculous sign of hope.  That it was unable so obviously to do this during World War Two was a sign of defeat and the triumph of the inhumanity of the loveless bourgeoisie: all greed, resentment and hate! 

Yet does a new opportunity show itself now?    Tentatively  and shy to begin with - after the counter revolution which rendered love, fraternization and communism matters  of dirt and filth, not to be thought of anymore - can we find our way back to those glorious moments of love shown on the battlefields of World War One and the miracles  of love and liberation which showed themselves  in the Revolutionary  Wave which followed?      

Later, after giving a short speech, a German soldier broke his rifle in a gesture of anger and "both sides applauded, and sang the Internationale". Another French soldier reports in January 1917 that "The boches [French slang for the Germans] made signs with their rifles that they would not fire on us and if they were forced to they would raise their rifle-butts in the air" (a well-known signal for mutiny). According to Barthas again, this time in the Vosges in 1917: "one [German] soldier took his rifle, waved its butt in the air, and finally aimed it not at us, but towards the German rear. It was very explicit and we concluded that he meant to say that they should shoot not at us but at those who led them".

Christmas 1914 was the time of the first fraternization,  across borders, across nationalistic loathing. Christmas has never been quite the same since.