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    Erich Maria Remarque

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    June 22, 1898 – September 25, 1970

    Erich Maria Remarque's masterful novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front", ends with a fantastic plot twist. For those who haven't read the novel, to avoid the potential spoiler, we advise jumping three paragraphs below, where we discuss Remarque's potential Jewishness. (Spoiler alert: he is not.)

    "All Quiet on the Western Front", the seminal novel about World War I, tells of the struggle of German soldiers. War is not glamorized; far from it. War, for the lack of better word, is... hell. Tedious, repetitive hell.

    The twist? The novel is told from the first person perspective. On the last page, the narrator... dies. Truly a remarkable (see what we did there?) turn of events that shows that Remarque was ahead of his time.

    Now, for that potential Jewishness. The Nazis were not exactly fans of the author painting Germans as anything but ubermensches, so they started to spread rumors that he was Jewish. His real last name, Remark, was Kramer spelled backwards! (In reality, Remark was indeed his name, but he altered it to match its original, French, spelling.)

    Remarque's books were banned and he left Germany, probably for the best. His long life included relationships with famed actresses Hedy Lamarr, Dolores del Río, and Marlene Dietrich, as well as marriage to Charlie Chaplin's ex-wife, Paulette Goddard.

    No plot twists in this profile...

    Verdict: Sadly, Not a Jew.

    October 15, 2018

    See Also

    Paulette Goddard

    Hedy Lamarr

    Lewis Milestone

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Manfred von Richthofen
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