Donnerstag, 25. April 2019

Ernst Busch singt und spricht Erich Kästner & Erich Kästner liest Erich Kästner (Pläne)

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.


1. Helden in Pantoffeln
2. Die Tretmühle
3. Stimmen aus dem Massengrab
4. Sergeant Waurich
5. Kennst du das Land
6. Das Führerproblem
7. Die andere Möglichkeit
8. Fantasie von übermorgen
9. Denn ihr seid dumm
10. Der eingeseifte Barbier
11. Hymnus auf die Bankiers
12. Der gordische Knoten
13. Brief an meinen Sohn
14. Der Busen marschiert
15. Wiegenlied, väterlicherseits
16. Dem Revolutionär Jesus zum Geburtstag
17. Der Oktober
18. Elegie mit Ei
19. Epigramm a - Kästner, Erich
20. Epigramm b - Kästner, Erich

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