Mittwoch, 2. August 2017

Ernst Busch - Erich Kästner (Aurora)

Erich Kästner was a pacifist and wrote for children because of his belief in the regenerating powers of youth. He was opposed to the Nazi regime in Germany that began on 30 January 1933 and was one of the signatories to the Urgent Call for Unity. However, unlike many of his fellow authors critical of the dictatorship, Kästner did not emigrate. Kästner did travel to Meran and to Switzerland just after the Nazis assumed power, and he met with exiled fellow writers there. However, Kästner returned to Berlin, arguing that he could chronicle the times better from there. It is probable that Kästner also wanted to avoid abandoning his mother. His epigram "Necessary Answer to Superfluous Questions" ("Notwendige Antwort auf überflüssige Fragen") in "Kurz und Bündig" explains Kästner's position:

I'm a German from Dresden in Saxony
My homeland won't let me go
I'm like a tree that, grown in Germany,
Will likely wither there also.

The Gestapo interrogated Kästner several times, and the writers' guild excluded him. The Nazis burnt Kästner's books as "contrary to the German spirit" during the infamous book burnings of May 10, 1933, which was instigated by the then Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Kästner witnessed the event in person. Kästner was denied entry into the new Nazi-controlled national writers' guild, the Reichsschrifttumskammer, because of what officials called the "culturally Bolshevist attitude in his writings predating 1933." This amounted to a gag order for Kästner throughout the Third Reich. Instead, Kästner published apolitical, entertaining novels such as "Drei Männer im Schnee" (Three Men in the Snow) (1934) in Switzerland. Kästner received an exemption to write the well-regarded screenplay "Münchhausen" under the pseudonym Berthold Bürger in 1942.

Ernst Busch - Erich Kästner (Aurora)
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Tracklist       
                                               
A1 Helde in Pantoffeln
A2 Die Tretmühle
A3 Stimmen aus dem Massengrab
A4 Sergeant Waurich
Music By – H. Eisler*
B1 Kennst du das Land
Music By – G. Freundlich
B2 Das Führerproblem, genetisch betrachtet
B3 Die andere Möglichkeit
C1 Fantasie von Übermorgen
C2 Denn ihr seid dumm
D1 Der eingeseifte Barbier
D2 Hymnus auf die Bankiers
Music By – W. Simoni
D3 Der Gordische Knoten

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