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Thread #69564   Message #2410249
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Aug-08 - 01:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Und Was Bekam des Soldaten Weib
The SED (Communist Party/Socialist Unity Party of Germany) in East Germany had a love-hate relationship with Brecht. Pieces like "Marie Farrer" made them nervous, but they couldn't touch the best-known German Communist playwright. He may have been a Communist, but he was far above the propaganda and ideology. Perhaps he was a real Communist, close to the ideal that Marx imagined. There wasn't much idealism in the Communism of the Soviet Bloc.
Here's an interesting excerpt from the Wikipedia article on Brecht:
Die Lösung (The Solution) was Brecht's later commentary on the uprising of 17 June 1953 in East Germany:

Brecht died in 1956, during the regime of the East German Stalinist Walter Ulbricht.

-Joe-