What The World Still Has To Learn 100 Years After WWI

Monday, August 04, 2014

The 800-hundred thousand red poppies at the Tower of London represent each British or Colonial fatality in during WWI. (Kathleen Ehrlich)

Commemorations have been taking placed throughout the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The Belgian city of Liege hosted one of the main events, with representatives from 50 countries, including numerous heads of state, paying tribute to to the millions who died during the war to end all wars.

King Philippe of Belgium was one of the first to pay his respects. French President Francois Hollande presented Liege with the Legion D'honneur, the highest decoration in France.

President Hollande said peace is never certain, adding that it "demands vigilance."

"Europe should always be on the move, it should not rest on its laurels, and it should not grow tired of achieving peace," he said. 

In many ways, author Stefan Zweig made it his mission to explain and make sense of what happened in 1914 when World War I broke out, and he wrote scores of books and hundreds of essays examining the topic. George Prochnik is the author of "The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World." He reflects on the start of the World War I, and what the globe can still learn from Zweig.


George Prochnik


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Hi Glenda,

T. J. Raphael here, Digital Content Editor for The Takeaway. You're right! Prince William is the Duke of Cambridge. We're updating our audio to reflect that. Thanks for listening, and for keeping us on our toes!

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Aug. 04 2014 01:51 PM
Glenda Smith from Springfield,MO

Such a big fan of yours, John, and feel guilty about nitpicking on such a solemn topic, but (for future reference): Prince Charles is Prince of Wales, not Prince William. Don't want the Queen to be rushed off the stage, given her flawless performance of duty over decades.

Aug. 04 2014 01:35 PM
Patrick Mehr from Lexington MA

Stefan Zweig's non-fiction, including his autobiography The World of Yesterday which covers WWI and its after-effects, is now available in eBook form from Plunkett Lake Press: http://plunkettlakepress.com/zweig.html

Aug. 04 2014 12:42 PM
Tom Hogan

Wonderful photograph! It captures the solemnity of this moment, and the tragedy of war.

Aug. 04 2014 12:29 PM

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