Die Lösung

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"Die Lösung" (The Solution) is a famous poem by German playwright Bertolt Brecht about the uprising of 1953 in East Germany. Written in the Summer of 1953, it is critical of the government and was not published at the time.[1][2][3] It was first published in 1959 in the West German newspaper Die Welt.


Die Lösung The Solution

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?

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?


  1. ^ The Cambridge Companion to Brecht, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 239, ISBN 9780521857093 
  2. ^ Russell Hardin (1999), Democracy and Trust, Cambridge University Press, p. 40, ISBN 9780521646871 
  3. ^ Newey, Glen (2008), "The People Versus the Truth: Democratic Illusions", Does Truth Matter? Democracy and Public Space, New York: Springer, p. 90, ISBN 9781402088483 
  4. ^ Reinhold Grimm, ed. (2003). Bertolt Brecht: Poetry and Prose. Continuum. ISBN 9780826415059. 

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