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Tag Archives ‘In den finsteren Zeiten…’

WHEN THE TIMES DARKEN

After the Anschluss and Sudetenland,

before the invasion of Poland,

Bertholt Brecht, in exile from the Third Reich

in a thatched cottage on a Danish island,

posed a question in a short poem –

‘When the dark times arrive will there still be songs?’

As poets tend to do Brecht answered himself.

‘Yes, there will even then be singing – about

the dark times that have come’.

 

After the arms manufacturer’s profits

have returned to normal, and democratic

politicians’

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