Letter of Eberhard Gress to Jay Starker 6/14/2008

Love Conquers All by Eberhard Gress

My father, Dr. Richard Gress was drafted into the Kaiser’s army during World War One. In 1917 he was wounded and captured by British soldiers in the battle of France. My father was then taken to a P.O.W. camp in England. There he asked the commandant for musicology books in order to continue his musical studies. The British Captain got him the books. Late 1918, or the end of the war, my father was released from his P.O.W. camp and returned to Germany. With the knowledge of the English music books he reentered the University of Tuebingen and completed his Doctor of Philosophy. Love had conquered the senseless war; a shining moment in history.

Love Conquers Terror

During World War Two, Hitler ordered the British City, Coventry, to be destroyed by Luftwaffe bombings. The Allies responded by destroying the beautiful German city , Dresden, by air raids. The survivors of these horrible killings met after the war and decided to become sister cities. They started a love affair across the English Channel. They are now one big family that will never harm each other again, NEVER: A victory of love and reason over senseless Terror. MANKIND FOLLOW THESE EXAMPLES!

Hope for Mankind Well alive!

Time: World War One, 1914-1918

Where: In the trenches between Germany, France, England, and The United States of America.

When: Christmas 1917

Soldiers of all four countries stopped the shooting and killings and listened to Christmas songs out of their respective trenches. The spirit of God’s Love for all MANKIND took over. After Christmas the senseless WAR continued, but there was a shining moment of ever, all conquering LOVE!

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