What does Kropp mean when he says of himself and his classmates, "The war has ruined us for everything"? in All Quiet on the Western Front

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Kropp and his comrades have been deeply traumatized by their experiences of war. So much so that they can't seen any meaningful future for themselves once they've eventually returned to civilian life. They can't just pretend that everything will return to normal again, that they'll be able to find jobs, get married, settle down, and have kids. Their horrific experiences of the front line have bred in them a deep-seated cynicism which will make it virtually impossible to readjust to life should they ever return home to Germany. War has rendered them unfit to take their rightful place in any society worthy of the name. After what they've witnessed in the trenches, there's simply no way they'll ever be able to fit in among the people they left behind. They are destined to spend the rest of their lives as social misfits.

Tragically, many German soldiers returning home were indeed ruined in this way. Many of them couldn't find a place for themselves in a society riven by poverty, mass unemployment, and political chaos. In this toxic environment, ripe for exploitation by extremists on both wings of the political spectrum, large numbers of ex-soldiers banded themselves together in right-wing paramilitary units such as the Freikorps. Joining these groups was a way of recapturing some of the camaraderie and sense of common purpose experienced during the war. Such organizations provided some semblance of purpose and direction to men like Kropp and his old schoolmates, spiritually homeless in a Germany they no longer recognized. They also proved a breeding ground for the anti-Semitism, militarism, and aggressive nationalism that combined to form the basis of the Nazi Party and its ideology.

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This quote points to the themes of destruction and a lost generation.  In chapter 5, Muller questions his comrades about their plans for "after" the war.  Though this is a seemingly innocent (and somewhat commonplace) conversation starter, it is actually received with mixed emotions.  Unfortunately, because of the death and destruction they've not only witnessed, but experienced, none of these boys will ever be the same again.  Though they talk of things like women and drinking, the truth is, most of them cannot imagine life after the war.

When he says, "The war has ruined us for everything," Kropp is talking about the comparison of life before the war to life after.  Before the war, these boys were students who may have had short or even long term goals that likely included typical things like careers and families.  The sheer trauma of what they've experienced as a result of fighting on the front lines however, has put many of the "childhood" goals and dreams in perspective.  In the face of that amount of death and destruction, in the face of raw fear for their lives on a semi-regular basis, it is no wonder none can imagine a regular life again.

This quote, though spoken by a fictional character, embodies the simple but profound emotions that such serious stress and trauma cause.  Kropp sums up the whole of the war in one word: ruin.

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