1898: - Erich Maria Remarque wird am 22 Juni in Osnabrück geboren
1904: - Bis 1912 Volksschule in Osnabrück
1912: - "Katholisches Präparande" in Osnabrück zur Vorbereitung auf das Lehrerseminar
1915: - Katholisches Lehrerseminar in Osnabrück
1916: - Am 26. November Einberufung zum Militär
1917: - Am 12. Juni Abstellung an die Front in Frankreich
- Am 31. Juli Verwundung - Lazarettaufenthalt in Duisburg
- Tod der Mutter
1919: - ... mehr
1. Kapitel - kleine Einführung in das Leben an der Front
- Vorstellen der ganzen Schulklasse mit Eigenschaften und Charakteren
- Zurückblick in die alte Zeit mit dem Klassenlehrer Kantorek der die
Klasse dazu gedrängt hat, sich freiwillig beim Bezirkskommando zu
2. Kapitel - Die 10-wöchige Ausbildung wird beschrieben
- Franz Kemmerich stirbt an einem Oberschenkelschuß
3. Kapitel - Katczinski stellt seinen 6. Sinn wi ... mehr
Oft redet die Klasse darüber was sie nach dem Krieg machen wollen. Viele haben schöne Träume, doch die meisten sind nicht realisierbar, und letztendlich kamen sie immer zu dem Schluß, daß sie nicht wissen was danach kommen soll, wenn sie noch am Leben bleiben.
Das Volk ist verarmt, keiner weiß, wo er das nächste Essen auftreiben soll, und jeder ist glücklich wenn mal etwas zusätzlich vorhanden ist.
Auch die nächsten Generationen sind noch bet ... mehr
Eigentlich schafft es ja keiner bis zum Schluß. Aber Trotzdem bleiben vor allem Katczinski und Bäumer fast bis zum Schluß am Leben. Sie schaffen es vorallendingen durch die kleinen Freuden im Leben, dadurch werden sie immer wieder hochgepeppelt (z. B. als sie sich die Ganz gebraten haben (S. 87 Z. 29), als sie die Frauen auf der franz. Seite des Flusses besucht haben (S.137 Z. 23) oder als sie das Dorf bewachen mußte mit dem ganzen Luxus (S. 20 ... mehr
Born Erich Paul Remark on June 22, 1898, he grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Osnabruck in the province of Westphalia, Germany--a city in the northwest part of what is now West Germany. He adored his mother, Anna Maria, but was never close to his father, Peter. The First World War effectively shut him off from his sisters, Elfriede and Erna. Peter Remark, descended from a family that fled to Germany after the French Revolution, earned so li ... mehr
All Quiet on the Western Front tells what happens to a group of German teenagers during World War I. The narrator is Paul Baumer. He and his classmates had patriotically marched off for recruitment, spurred on by the slogans of their teacher, Kantorek. But they find no glory in war.
As the story opens, 80 men have just returned from two weeks at the front. Seventy of their comrades may be dead or wounded, but their empty bellies concern them ... mehr
Paul Baumer is the 19-year-old narrator of the story.
At the front, Paul\'s special friends in Second Company include his classmates Behm, Kemmerich, Muller, Leer, and Kropp. The six of them were among 20 who enlisted together, prodded on by Schoolmaster Kantorek. Although he doesn\'t say so, Paul is obviously a natural leader: Franz Kemmerich\'s mother implored him to look after her son when they left home. Paul is also courageous. He may m ... mehr
Kantorek is a provincial schoolmaster, an energetic little man with a face like a shrew. His whole life centers on the Prussian myth of Destiny: he believes with all his heart that war will bring his country greatness. He sees Paul and his schoolmates not as growing boys but as Iron Youth whose finest destiny lies in serving their Fatherland. His romantic notions change only when he is called up as a reservist and placed under the command of a ... mehr
For most of the novel Himmelstoss is the stereotypical military man who becomes a tyrant in his own small sphere on the basis of a little rank. He sports a waxed mustache and is, like Kantorek, physically undersized. A mail carrier in civilian life, he lets power go to his head. As the corporal in charge of basic training for recruits, he becomes a sadistic drillmaster known as the Terror of Klosterberg. He takes a special dislike to Paul and h ... mehr
Katczinsky, known as Kat, is a 40-year-old, down-to-earth soldier with bent shoulders, blue eyes, and a scraggly mustache. In civilian life he was a cobbler or shoemaker, but he knew a little about all trades. In war he becomes the leader of Paul\'s group, a welcome substitute for all those older men whose twisted values brought on the war. Despite their differences in age and experience, he forms an especially warm friendship with Paul. Sharp, ... mehr
The second of Paul\'s classmates to be killed, Kemmerich dies in great pain after a leg amputation. He had been excellent at gymnastics, but even after a year at the front he is still a slender boy. His nearness to death makes his face look childlike again. His dreams of a simple, peaceful life of forestry work die with him, and Paul trembles with rage at the wastefulness of war. All supplies being scarce at the front, Kemmerich\'s well-made le ... mehr
Another volunteer and classmate of Paul, Muller still dreams of passing school examinations. Even during bombardment he mutters propositions in physics. Muller, with his protruding teeth and booming laugh, is a practical man, coarsened by the war. He eats all that is available in anticipation of lean times and asks for Kemmerich\'s boots even before the unfortunate soldier realizes he is dying. (Muller is indeed the first to inherit the boots a ... mehr
Also a volunteer and one of Paul\'s classmates, Leer shows an interesting mixture of a keen interest in mathematics and an obsession with women. Bearded and battle-hardened, he appears to be at least 40 years old. He claims the blond as his own when he, Paul, and Kropp visit the three French girls. He collapses of a hip wound in the summer of 1918 and bleeds to death within two minutes. Paul thinks, regretfully, what little use his math is now. ... mehr
Tjaden is a former locksmith with a sharp, thin appearance and an enormous appetite. He is Paul\'s age, though not one of his classmates. When we first meet him, he is ready to pick a fight with the cook who does not want to serve 80 men the food prepared for twice as many. Because of a bladder problem, Tjaden was considered lazy by Himmelstoss, who persecuted him in basic training. He is bolder at the front, however. He is a fine enough compan ... mehr
Detering is a one-dimensional stereotype of the simple, peace-loving peasant. He constantly dreams of his home, his wife, and his farm, and cares little for philosophy or military doctrine. In the spring of 1918, surrounded by battlefield carnage, he is driven nearly mad by the sight of cherry blossoms. They unlock his memories of growing things and, losing all caution, he deserts. He is caught and court martialed.
A classmate, volunteer, and special friend of Paul, Kropp is a small man. Since he is regarded as the best thinker in the class, no one is surprised that he is the first to make lance-corporal. In group discussions he is the one who offers profound solutions and comments. It is Kropp, for instance, who suggests turning war into a public festival, with the generals fighting it out in an arena while the common people sit and watch. It is also Kro ... mehr
The story told in All Quiet on the Western Front occurs during the two years just before the Armistice ended World War I in November 1918. In Chapters 1 and 2 we learn that Paul Baumer, the narrator, and his friend Kat had been together three years--one year longer than the time period covered by the novel.
By 1916 when the story begins, World War I had already been underway for two years. It broke out in August 1914 between the Allies (Brit ... mehr
In the short note that comes just before Chapter 1, Remarque lets us know exactly what theme he intends. He says that All Quiet on the Western Front is the story of a generation of young men who were destroyed by World War I--even if they survived the shelling. To arrive at a fifth statement of this main theme, Remarque weaves several related themes into the story. The outline that follows points out chapters you can read to see how he presents ... mehr
All Quiet on the Western Front is, on the whole, a very serious and even a grim novel. Remarque presents his message through vivid description and imagery. The tone is not overwhelmingly bitter.
Two things stand out in Remarque\'s style: his vivid word pictures and the way he balances contrasting scenes against each other to make each one stand out.
His descriptions bring every chapter to life, whether he is showing us the glare of flares ... mehr
Stories usually are told from the first person or the third person point of view. We get these terms from grammar. \"I love\" is a first person structure, \"you love\" is second person, and \"he (or she) loves\" is third person. A story is told in the first person when the narrator says that I or we are doing thus-and-so: someone actually in the story is telling it. A third person story uses the he or they approach; some unnamed person outside ... mehr