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Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)

Bertolt Brecht© BArch, Bild 183-W0409-300/ Jörg Kolbe

Bertolt Brecht is one of Germany’s most famous playwrights. He wrote (and staged) the Threepenny Opera, the most successful German theatre piece of all time. Politically left wing, Brecht fled the country after the burning of the Reichstag in February 1933. His works were banned and burned on bonfires in May of that year and Brecht was stripped of his citizenship in 1935. He lived in exile in the USA from 1941 onwards, but was persecuted there as a suspected communist after 1945. He returned to Berlin in 1948.

This biography is part of the open-air portrait exhibition





Erdmut Wizisla, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht – The Story of a Friendship, London/New Haven 2009.

Frederic Jameson, Brecht and Method, London/New York 1998.

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Berlin Reference

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    Theater am Schiffbauerdamm
    Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1
    10117 Berlin