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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:
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had thrown away the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
Brecht died in 1956, during the regime of the East German Stalinist Walter Ulbricht.