Novelist Kurt Vonnegut
Colin Powell once observed that the most effective advocates for peace are those who have the most intimate experience with violence. This is a phrase that comes to mind when we hear the name Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five, or when we see his work.
During World War II, Vonnegut served as an infantry battalion scout in the United States Army. After being kidnapped as a prisoner of war, he managed to escape as the Allies bombarded Dresden, Germany as part of a blanket campaign. He was released after the war ended in 1945. It is highly recommended that you immerse yourself in the weird universe of Slaughterhouse 5 if you have not already done so.