23 March 2009

A Remark from Remarque

On this day in 1939, author Erich Maria Remarque arrived in the United States for the first time aboard the RMS Queen Mary. Remarque is best known for his novel, Im Westen nicht Neues (recognized as All Quiet on the Western Front in the English-speaking world), told from the perspective of a German soldier during World War I. His visit, coming during the uncertain days leading up to a second World War, elicited from him the declaration that "America would be the salvation of the world."

He's pictured here in Hollywood with another German exile, Marlene Dietrich, about a month after his arrival.

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