The group discussed the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
One member re-read ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ which was writeen by a German soldier after the first world war.
It is a novel based on the author’s experiences even though it is not biographical.
It is a poignant account of the horror and futility of war and remains a classic anit-war novel.
As such, it was banned by the Nazis, and the author was stripped of his German citizenship.
Our small group discussed how human history has always had groups of people who operate in an oppressive manner and want to use the media and publications as a vehicle of control.
Freedom of the press and literature is vital to an open and tolerant society.