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During the First World War all participants were defending (or thought they were defending) great values – the values of one’s own country, faith, homeland, and one’s own family. These core values were severely tested by pain, fear, injury, and death. Whether as members of a community, as belonging to particular professional groups, or as inhabitants of a city or village, everyone bore an individual fate. By the fact of belonging to one’s land and/or church, this was imbedded in a collec…

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Becker, Annette, “Religion”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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