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Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt

Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt

Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt,
Paradies und Hölle können eine Stadt sein.
Für die Mittellosen
Ist das Paradies die Hölle.

This town has made me realise

This town has made me realise:
Paradise and Hell can be the same city.
For those without means,
Paradise is a hell.

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Hanns Eisler was an Austrian composer. He is best known for composing the national anthem of East Germany, and for his long artistic association with Bertolt Brecht.

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Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet.

Living in Munich during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes with theatre plays, whose themes were often influenced by his Marxist thought. He was the main proponent of the genre named epic theatre (which he preferred to call "dialectical theatre"). During the Nazi period and World War II he lived in exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the United States. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time collaborator, actress Helene Weigel.

He is well-known for his work with Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill, among others.

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Read some of his poetry in English here, and in German here.

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