After WW1 Ernst Friedrich published War Against War, a collection of pictures and text illustrating the suffering the war causes and the hypocrisy of the politicians responsible for it. Later he set up the Anti War museum in Berlin shown here after it was closed by the Nazis. Note the ‘shadow’ of the broken rifle above the door. / more


The broken rifle symbol of two arms breaking a rifle has been used widely by some sections of the ‘anti war’ movement for most of the 20th century. Not all who are ‘anti war’ are actually anti war. Frequently movements and individuals are simply anti a particular war (and may be supportive of a different war): a symbol, which represents the destruction of weapons and so against war as an institution would not find much favour and has therefore tended to be use by the pacifist/nonviolent part of the anti war movement.

The Anti-War Museum was reopened in 1982, 15 years after the death of its founder Ernst Friedrich. Today Friedrich's grandson Tommy Spree and a group of volunteers - among them many teachers - take care of the museum's affairs.


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