Park University to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Students from Park University’s Program of History will present a dramatic theater production to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914. “Letters from the Front: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 2 p.m.

Park history majors will read letters written by British and German soldiers associated with the Truce. As cast members read the letters, there will be a corresponding photo in the background representing an aspect of each letter. The German soldier letters are spoken in German with an English translation slide. At the conclusion of the production, the audience will be invited to join cast members in singing “Silent Night,” which was sung on the battlefield by both armies.

“The humanity of war and the conundrum of the human existence were best represented 100 years ago this Christmas upon the ‘No Man’s Land’ along the battlefront of Flanders during the Great War,” said Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, and director/producer of the program. “The dramatic reading of actual British and German soldiers’ letters reflects our own time of war and the all-important means of communication between warrior and homefront. During this forthcoming season of Christmas, we hope to furnish a historical glimpse of the human spirit of ‘Peace on Earth.’”

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under the age of 18. Proceeds will benefit the George S. Robb Great War Endowment Fund at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, established by Park University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.

For more information about the event, contact Westcott at or (816) 584-6364.