1917: Life-saving Bible

“Devout Christian Kurt Geiler never went anywhere without his Bible – and that faith paid off in 1917 when the precious leather-bound book saved his life.

“Geiler’s grandson Markus Geiler said it had also been treated as a ‘family anti-war memorial’. “I can remember my father leading me to his bookcase, opening it and taking out the Bible which was wrapped in thick paper,” he recalled. He said: ‘Look, this is what saved your grandfather’s life.’ It was always something very special when this book was unpacked.”

- Europeana 1914-1918

Submitted by: Neil Bates

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Neil joined the Retronaut team as an Assistant Curator in 2014. Neil Bates is a Marketing Specialist at the Europeana Foundation. Neil’s job is to find and develop new ways for people to explore, learn about, share and play with their cultural heritage.

5 Responses

  1. Jack

    How did it save his life if it was underneath his head? Did the bomb explode beneath him? How could that happen in a dugout?

    • MairzyDoats

      I was wondering the same thing. Something about this story doesn’t ring true.

    • Jeremiah

      I suppose if the Bible had not been there, his head would have been that much closer to the ground, and thus the shrapnel would have gone through his head and not the Bible?


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