Christmas   in the Works of
Stanley Weintraub

Silent Night
To be published in November 2001
New York/London: Free Press/Simon and Schuster

...along the front lines late in December 1914, to the dismay of the generals, opponents in the West laid down their arms and celebrated Christmas together in a spontaneous gesture of peace on earth and good will toward men.

Philip Maddison was pedaling back toward the shattered chateau, when a Tommy he passed shouted that "everyone was out of the trenches and milling in No Man´s Land--"talking to the Alleymans"...Maddison cycled past the ruined house....Although the sandbag barrier...remained in place....what he encountered seemed like a dream [he] found himself face to face with living Germans....some were talking in English to soldiers in British garb, One Fritz was carefully writing his name and address on a scrap of paper for exchange with an Englishman. They were agreeing to write after the war.

....a bearded German told him in English, "They watched some of the London Highlanders...putting up a fence last night, but they wouldn´t fire...even if they were ordered to...."

Maddison said that he watched them [the Germans] put up a Christmas tree the night before....

Index of Weintraub Christmas Exhibit Pages

  1. Dear Young Friend: The Letters of American Presidents to Children
  2. Albert: Uncrowned King
  3. Victoria: An Intimate Biography
  4. Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill
  5. Disraeli: A Biography
  6. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume I
  7. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume II
  8. Shaw: An Autobiography  1856-1898
  9. The Playwright and the Pirate: Bernard Shaw and Frank Harris: A Correspondence
  10. Bernard Shaw  1914-1918: Journey to Heartbreak
  11. Private Shaw and Public Shaw: a dual portrait of Lawrence of Arabia and G.B.S.
  12. Lawrence of Arabia: the literary impulse
  13. Silent Night: The Christmas Truce of 1914
  14. The Last Great Cause: The Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War
  15. Reggie: A Portrait of Reginald Turner
  16. Whistler: A Biography
  17. Beardsley: A Biography
  18. Aubrey Beardsley: Imp of the Perverse
  19. Four Rossettis: A Victorian Biography
  20. Exhibit: Story of Stanley Tree
  21. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 1
  22. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 2

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