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Monday, April 22, 2013

22 April 2013

There are some moments in history that can really restore one's faith in humanity. Sometimes the human spirit can prevail over troubled times, while in rarer circumstances, it can turn lemons into lemonade.
Proverbial flowers growing from barren soil, candles in the dark.

This is one of my favourites.
In today's Daily Quota, we discuss the Christmas Truce of 1914.
December 1914 marked the first year of the First World War. Anyone who has studied WW1 would know that the trenches of the Western Front conceived some of the most gruesome scenes of all time - aimless slaughter coupled with a stubborn insistence to do so.
Unprecedented inhumanity, where the term 'Battle of Attrition' was an understatement. 
On Christmas Eve, both sides declared a ceasefire so that the religious holiday could be celebrated. In one of the most touching stories of wartime, soldiers from both sides not only laid down their arms, but ventured into the No Man's Land to exchange gifts, souvenirs, cigarettes and well-wishes.
The same enemy soldiers who they were trying to kill, and avoid being killed by.
In one account, they even shared a game of football (pictured above).

Read more about it below, and identify the silver lining of one of the darkest clouds of our time.

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