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New Left Review I/40, November-December 1966

Bertolt Brecht

Four Poems by Bertolt Brecht

Is the People Infallible?


My teacher
Tall and kindly
Has been shot, condemned by a people’s court
As a spy. His name is damned.
His books are destroyed. Talk about him
Is suspect and suppressed.
Suppose he is innocent?


The sons of the people have found him guilty
The factories and collective farms of the workers
The world’s most heroic institutions
Have identified him as an enemy.
No voice has been raised for him.
Suppose he is innocent?

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