Ernst Junger

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Ernst Junger was a German officer in WWI, and the last recipient of the “Blue Max”, the highest honor that ould be bestowed by the Germans in WWI. It was bestowed upon people like WWI aces Immelmann and Richthofen as well as Irwin Rommel.

Junger was wounded 14 times in battle. He went on to become one of the most famous and admired writers in Europe–and at the same time very controversial. He stated that war had its place in man’s world and that he considered battle to be an internal testing. This of course irritated many leftists. But they could not help but admire Junger’s writing.

In his famous WWI memoir, Storm of Steel,  as well as, On Pain , he says that battle brought him to new levels of self awareness and that only a harnessed rage saved his life in the Great War. He also wrote a science fiction book in 1956 called The Glass Bees. The book is frighteningly relevant today.

I’ll leave others to decide if Junger was a militant fascist, as some have accused him. But the facts are this: He never joined the Nazi party despite being asked several times to do so.

Junger stands out as a warrior intellectual and was staunchly unapologetic for his views until his death at the age of 102.

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One thought on “Ernst Junger

    Amos Volante said:
    January 26, 2010 at 2:10 am

    This is a late post, but this post caused me to spend 40 minutes on Wikipedia and several other sites researching Ernst Junger and the Blue Max.

    Then I discovered The Glass Bees. Wow!

    It’s on my Next Read List, for sure.

    Thanks for the awareness, Mage-Head!

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