Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony in 1898. His ancestors were French and his father
was a poor bookbinder. Remarque always did very well in school and eventually made it to University of Münster.
However he was drafted into World War One at the age of 18. He was sent to the Western Front, no doubt his inspiration
for his most famous novel.
Remarque was wounded several times on the front and was later discharged. His first novel was All Quiet on
the Western Front, it was a huge success and all his later novels were overshadowed by it.
In the years leading up to World War Two, the Nazis banned All Quiet on the Western Front and it's sequel
and organized to have all the copies publicly burned in 1933. The premiere of the film All Quiet on the Western
Front, was interrupted by gangs hired by the Nazi politicians. Remarque was accused of pacifism and lost his citizenship
in 1938. He moved to Switzerland and in 1939, emmigrated to the United States where he obtained citizenship in 1947.
He continued to write novels while he resided in the United States and passed away in 1970.