Chapter 10

Towards peace and reconciliation after the Great War

Letter-writing to the League of Nations

Carl Bouchard

Dead soldiers shout it from their graves! Twelve million skeletons of our healthiest men, who fell on the battlefield during the last war, raise their fleshless right arms over their last refuge. They demand peace for the living … Millions of mothers, spouses, sisters and mourning orphans, ask for peace. League of Nations, forbid war!

Stanisław Jan Czarnowski, Polish archaeologist and historian, sent these words to the League of Nations (LON) in 1926. Born in 1847, he died in 1929, just when the Western world, after a decade of efforts dedicated to reconstruction and peace, fell into tremendous economic turmoil. At age 67, ...

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