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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A Brecht Poem for Angela Merkel

"Die Lösung" (The Solution) is a famous German poem by Bertolt Brecht about the uprising of 1953 in East Germany. Written in mid-1953, it was first published in 1959. 

But, everything old is new again and, in view of her recent actions, it seems obvious to some of us that Merkel is not only a reader of Brecht, but also a  fan of his ideas. Mind you,  the irony in Brecht's final   solution  advice seems to have escaped her.

Die Lösung

Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni
Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
Löste das Volk auf und
Wählte ein anderes?

The Solution 

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 forfeited 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?

(wiki translation)

Who  has deserted whom? Merkel the German People or the German People Merkel? 


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