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A Pacifist's Struggle
Milne’s letter reflects the conflict felt by many pacifists who had experienced the horrors of the First World War and earnestly hoped “never again”. The curator, Matt Brosnan, said that Milne opposed war but increasingly saw Hitler and the Nazis as an evil that had to be met by force. In his letter, Milne declared himself a “practical pacifist”, writing: “I believe that war is a lesser evil than Hitlerism, I believe that Hitlerism must be killed before war can be killed.
Sent to the western front, he encountered the grim realities of the war, witnessing his best friend Ernest Pusch being blown to pieces as he was settling down for his tea. A few days later, Ernest’s brother Frederick was killed by a German sniper. Further horrors included an attack which led to the deaths of about 60 soldiers in Milne’s battalion and more than 100 wounded.
In 2013 it emerged that Milne was also recruited to a secret propaganda unit after he was invalided out of the front because of trench foot. Classified documents found in an old trunk show that he was part of the MI7b which, although shortlived, worked with writers to present a positive version of the war to those at home.
Milne was discharged from the army in 1919 and began his career as a children’s author, leading to the publication of Winnie the Pooh in 1926. He published his famous denunciation of war, Peace With Honour, in 1934, in which he wrote: “Because I want everybody to think (as I do) that war is poison, and not (as so many think) an over-strong, extremely unpleasant medicine.”
The Milne letter is among a number of rare items going on display for the IWM exhibition. There will also be First World War artworks Wire (1918) by Paul Nash and Paths of Glory (1917) by CRW Nevinson.
Two Kelmscott Chaucers Rehoused.
The second, The Slater–Gribbel–Schimmel copy (Census 3.179), which was offered for sale by Heritage Bookshop in 2012, is now in the University of British Columbia Library, and was purchased for $202,000 after a two-year fund-raising effort.
Return to Owner
Anne Webber, who co-chairs the London-based Commission for Looted Art in Europe, said the return of the book, which is valued at around £20, would be worth much more to the family.
An auction house has now valued the Anthony Burgess cult classic, published in 1962, which was in pristine condition between £1,000 and £1,500 and say it might even make more when it goes under the hammer in March
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