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“Their [the Germans’] singing attracted almost as much attention across No Man’s Land as did the lighted trees, which an English soldier described as ‘Like the footlghts of a theater.’ Many units were spellbound, then reacted, as if an audience, with applause. Albert Moren of the 2nd Queen’s Regiment, near La Chapelle d’Armentieres, remembered many years later that the ‘performance’ began just after dark. ‘It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere; and… there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights – I don’t know what they were. And they sang ‘Silent Night’ – ‘Stille Nacht’. I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life.’”

— Stanley Weintraub, Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce.

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