Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A German Deserter's War Experience by…

A German Deserter's War Experience (1917)

by Anonymous

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
121768,668 (3)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

A German Deserter's War Experience (1917) is ostentatiously by an anonymous German soldier who fought during the first 14 months of WWI. He then escaped to New York where he published a memoir serially in a local German-language newspaper. It was then translated into English by Julius Koettgen, who later sources incorrectly identified as the soldier himself. Julius Koettgen, the translator, was the head of an organization called "Friends of the German Democracy", a surrogate of the US government propaganda arm Committee on Public Information, whose aim was to influence public opinion about the war.

The memoir itself is very graphic with non-stop violence. It's not literary but is easy to read, if you can stomach the horrible conditions of trench warfare. It starts and end with the simple notions that war is bad, and escape was the best option.

The question remains, is this is an authentic memoir or propaganda? The details are so precise and specific it feels real, and for the most part there is no overt anti-German bias. I can find almost no critical study or commentary anywhere. Who was this soldier? Why didn't he come forward after the war? Given the translator's role in propaganda, and the book's narrative arch of laying down one's arms and escaping Germany, what should we think? It's an interesting literary mystery. Regardless a decent read for the details of trench warfare.

Read via LibriVox narrated by Lee Smalley. ( )
  Stbalbach | Dec 16, 2015 |
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anonymousprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koettgen, JuliusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smalley, LeeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 free
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3)
3 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 117,025,159 books! | Top bar: Always visible