When the Chapman Branch opened in May of 1918, World War I still raged in Europe. April of that year marked a turning point that eventually led to the Armistice, ending that great and terrible war. As part of a month-long commemoration of that “cruelest month,” the branch will hold Sunday screenings of the six-part documentary series The Last Voices of WWI: A Generation Lost.
Filmed in 2008, this extraordinary series interviews remaining WWI veterans — most over 100 years old — about their experiences in the conflict. While primarily focusing on British involvement, the interviews highlight the universal experience of common soldiers caught in catastrophic circumstances. Includes documentary footage and dramatic reconstructions. Two episodes will be shown each week. Episodes in order: The Call To Arms, The Battle of the Somme, Saving the Wounded, Horror in the Mud, The Home Front, The Boys of 1918.
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— From The Waste Land (1922) by T.S. Eliot
Location: Chapman Branch
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