During World War I on Christmas Day, French, British and German soldiers laid down their arms, and climbed out of the trenches to exchange holiday greetings. It’s known as the Christmas Truce, and we learn more about it from Emory University professor Patrick Allitt.
The story of the Christmas Truce is the inspiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Silent Night.” This month, the production is on stage at the Atlanta Opera and audience members will be challenged to consider whether world peace can ever be achieved. We talk with Kevin Puts, composer of “Silent Night,” and Troy Cook, who stars in the Atlanta Opera production. Science journalist John Horgan, author of “The End of War,” also joins us to consider the barriers to peace.