Mittwoch, 21. September 2016

Erich Weinert spricht eigene Gedichte (ETERNA, 1962)

Erich Bernhard Gustav Weinert was a German Communist writer and a member of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD).

Weinert was born in 1890 in Magdeburg to a family with Social Democratic beliefs. He attended a boys-only school in Magdeburg and from 1908 to 1910 visited the arts, crafts and trade school in the city, then going to an art school in Berlin in 1912. He later joined the military, where he participated as an officer during World War I. After the war, he went to Leipzig and worked as an actor, cabaretist and lecture artist, joining the KPD in 1929.

From 1933 to 1935 Weinert, with his wife and daughter, Marianne Lange-Weinert, went into exile in the Saar protectorate. He then went to Paris, so he would be able to arrive in the Soviet Union. He became a member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War from 1937 to 1939, where he was active as front correspondence.

After Germany attacked the Soviet Union, Weinert sided with the Soviets and began creating propaganda to encourage soldiers in the Wehrmacht to abandon their positions using methods such as poems printed on handbills that were thrown off behind the German lines. In 1943 he was selected as the president of the "National Committee for a Free Germany".

In 1946 he returned to Germany in a sickly state. Regardless, he served actively as vice-president of the Central Administration for National Education in the Soviet Occupation Zone. He continued to publish works until his death at the age of 62 in 1953 in Berlin.

"Erich Weinert spricht eigene Gedichte" is an EP with historical recordings released on ETERNA in 1962. You find the cover text by Willi Bredel in the comment section.


01. Der rote Feuerwehrmann (1929)
02. Das alte Militärpferd (1929)
03. Der Führer (Moskau, 1942)

01. Der tote soldat klagt an! (Stalingrad, 1942)
02. Deutschland wird nicht verloren sein (Moskau, 1942)
03. Wem gehorsam? (Stalingrad, 1942)

Ericht Weinert spricht eigene Gedichte (1962)
(256 kbps, front cover included, cover text in the comment section)

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