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Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt

by Hanns Eisler

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Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt
German source: Bertolt Brecht

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
English translation © Richard Stokes

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

Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt
German source: Bertolt Brecht

This town has made me realise
English source: Richard Stokes

Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt,
This town has made me realise:
Paradies und Hölle können eine Stadt sein.
Paradise and Hell can be the same city.
Für die Mittellosen
For those without means,
Ist das Paradies die Hölle.
Paradise is a hell.

Composer

Hanns Eisler

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.

Poet

Bertolt Brecht

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…

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