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World War I: A war too easy to forget
World War I: A war too easy to forget

Commenting recently about seeing the play "War Horse," one of my 11th-grade students expressed surprise that "even some of the Nazis had humane feelings" for the plight of animals caught up in war. "It's about the First World War," I replied. "There weren't any Nazis in that one." "No Nazis?" He sounded disappointed. "Darn!" It is not the first time kids in my history classes have misplaced the Nazis. They often identify Hitler, not Kaiser Wilhelm, as the German leader in the Great War. A 12th-grader once even responded to a comment I made about World War II by asking: "Does that mean there was a World War I?" I cringed, but tried to console myself with the thought that it was early in...

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