Erich Remarque

Author of "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Born

Wednesday, June 22nd 1898 at 12pm

Osnabrück, Saxony, Germany

Osnabrück, NDS

Biography

Erich Remarque was the pen-name for the German novelist Erich Remark, born 1898, who wrote about the horrors of WWI from the German's perspective. He wrote from experience, his time as a soldier in the trenches influencing and driving his writings of "All Quiet on the Western Front," "A Time to Love and a Time to Die," and many more war novels. All of his writings were ordered to be burned by the Nazis when they returned to power, causing Remark to flee Germany to Switzerland and then to the US. He did not only save himself however, he also remarried his ex-wife to get her to Switzerland, divorced her there and then married an American actress. Erich Remarque died in 1970.

Life as a Soldier and After

Remarque enlisted into the army at the age of 18, straight out of high school. The army seemed a good place for opportunity, because he was born into modest circumstances. He fought on the Western Front, was wounded many times, and it was here that he got the inspiration for most of his stories. After the end of the war, Remarque, like many other veterans, didn't know what to do. He became a teacher, then a stonecutter, then the editor of a magazine, and then finally a writer. His books "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Arc of Triumph" were best-sellers and international successes, with "All Quiet on the Western Front" even being turned into an American film.

His Writings

Died

Friday, Sep. 25th 1970 at 12pm

Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno, TI