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The remains of Paul Baumers company had moved behind the German front lines for a short rest at the beginning of the novel After Behm became Pauls first dead schoolmate Paul viewed the older generation bitterly particularly Kantorek the teacher who convinced Paul and his classmates to join the military feeling alone and betrayed in the world that they had left for him Pauls generation felt empty and isolated from the rest of the world due to the fact that they had never truly established any part of themselves in civilian life At boot camp Himmelstoss abused Paul and his friends yet the harassment only brought them closer together and developed a strong spirit amongst them Katczinsky or Kat was soon shown to be a master scavenger being able to provide the group with food or virtually anything else on this basis Paul and him grew quite close Pauls unit was assigned to lay barbed wire on the front line and a sudden shelling resulted in the severe wounding of a recruit that Paul had comforted earlier Paul and Kat again strongly questioned the War After Pauls company were returned to the huts behind the lines Himmelstoss appeared and was insulted by some of the members of Pauls unit who were then only mildly punished During a bloody battle 120 of the men in Pauls unit were killed Paul was given leave and returned home only to find himself very distant from his family as a result of the war He left in agony knowing that his youth was lost forever Before returning to his unit Paul spent a little while at a military camp where he viewed a Russian prisoner of war camp with severe starvation problems and again questioned the values that he had grown up with contrasted to the values while fighting the war After Paul returned to his unit they were sent to the front During an attack Paul killed a
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