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PostBertolt Brecht and the DDR (John Heelan, UK, 06/27/18 4:25 am)
Nigel Jones (26 June) misunderstands me.
I was "admiring" the parody of the humour in Brecht's "Arturo Ui," not the writer himself, having been behind the Berlin Wall (aka the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart) and personally experiencing the scariness of Ulbricht's dictatorship and the influence of the Stasi.
No doubt a Stasi file still exists on my trip to give lectures to the James Bond-sounding East German Import/Export Agency--see my report titled "Beyond Checkpoint Charlie" written some years ago.
JE comments: Here is John Heelan's 2009 report on his time in the DDR. I had the chance to visit John's destination, the socialist "time capsule" town of Eisenhuttenstadt, some years later (2012). It was beautiful in its very bleakness--bleak chic? We Detroiters appreciate such things.
Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart--this is a euphemism for the ages. Mr Trump should take notice for his border wall...why not call it a rampart?