The saying goes that “there are no atheists in foxholes.” The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, which tells the history of that Catholic organization, seems an appropriate place to re-create the holes that doughboys stood in during World War I battles.
During those battles, prayers — from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, nonbelievers who suddenly got religion — must have echoed off the sandbags in the walls as the bullets flew, prayers that the ammunition wouldn’t pierce the soldiers’ steel helmets and send them home in a coffin rather than on two good legs.
This is the year of WWI remembrances, being the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into The Great War. Many museums have commemorated the centennial of that tragic period in world history with exhibits of recruiting posters, uniforms, vintage newspapers, stories from the homefront.
No other museum in the state, however, has gone so far as to build a regulation-height replica of a battlefield trench in the gallery.
Many elements of these life-or-death shooting galleries could not be duplicated: the deafening…
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