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Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

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Also known as The Private Life of the Master Race, this is a sequence of twenty-four realistic sketches showing how "ordinary" life under the Nazis was subtly permeated by suspicion and anxiety. Written in exile in Denmark and first staged in 1938 it was inspired in part by his recent trip to Moscow where he had been researching tasks for the anti-Nazi effort.
Paperback, Methuen Modern Plays, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by Methuen Drama (first published 1938)
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Steven  Godin
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Over there we can see men coming
Whom he's forced to relinquish their women
And coupled with blondes in their place
It's no good cursing and praying
For once he catches them racially straying
He'll whip them back into the race.
(9. The Jewish Wife)

It's all in the title really. 24 hard-hitting scenes depicting life under Nazi rule in which people were
exposed to poverty, violence, fear and pretence in the years leading up to the Second World War. The play premiered in Paris in 1938, which featured some
Einzelne, zusammenhanglose Szenen, die scheinbar auf Nachrichten und Augenzeugenberichten beruhen. Meist geht es um einfache Menschen, die versuchen sich anzupassen um zu überleben, oft aber auch nicht wissen, wie sie das am besten tun sollen. Da ist zum Beispiel der Amtsrichter, der so entscheiden will, wie es den neuen Machthabern gefällt, aber der Fall ist kompliziert und egal wie – irgendeinem Mächtigen wird er es nicht recht machen können. Gerade durch die Kürze der Szenen sehr dicht und di ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What it must have felt to be a regular citizen not swept up by the frenzy of the era; the constant fear and paranoia, always on the lookout, afraid of being denounced.

Well written dialogues and characters.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I had a boyfriend once. He was a semi-professional drama actor. The last play he prepared before breaking up was Fear and Misery of the Third Reich. Many years after splitting up and attending the performances, I've summoned almost all my courage to read the play from beginning to end. Due to time and cast limitations, they didn't play the whole collection of scenes, so I had the feeling that I couldn't comment anything until I had read it from cover to cover.
I still remember many of the lines,
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This play helps one to understand how, by small degrees the nazi oppression took hold of the everyday lives of ordinary people in myriad ways. The slow advancement of fascism and the Demi's of freedom is inexorably catalogued. The moral is, beware of the insidious loss of your freedoms. Are we vigilant enough today? What loss of our rights have we taken for granted? What unspoken aspect of our society do we willfully ignore?
Ahmad Sharabiani
Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches=Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)
عنوان: ترس و نکبت رایش سوم؛ اثر: برتولت برشت؛ مترجم: شریف لنکرانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، خانه کتاب ایران، 1344، در 196 ص، موضوع: نمیشنامه های نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 م
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
همون کتاب ترسونکبت رایش سوم.نوشته برتولت برشته ..این کتاب در ایران توسط اقایشریف لنکرانی ترجمه شده است..
Andrez Santos
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 na verdade , sempre tive curiosidade em ler Brecht e com certeza que vou ler mais obras dele.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Il pozzo buio e profondo dell'anima umana ...
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brilliant. I love that each scene is completely different--different characters in different settings-- but that all the scenes share a common theme.
Maisie - Jane
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I cannot wait to perform this play for my drama show !!!
Mar 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
اغلب اثار برتولد برشت به فارسی برگردانده شده؛ "سقراط مجروح" کیکاووس جهانداری / "در انبوه شهرها" عبدالرحمن صدریه / "استثناء و قاعده" محمود اعتماد زاده(م. به آذین) / "ان که گفت آری و آن که گفت نه" مصطفی رحیمی / زندگانی گالیله (گالیله ئو گالیله ئی) عبدالرحیم احمدی / "ترس و نکبت رایش سوم" شریف لنکرانی / "ننه دلاور و فرزندان او" مصطفی رحیمی / "آدم، آدم است" دو ترجمه از شریف لنکرانی و امین موید / "بچه فیل" و استنطاق لوکولوس" شریف لنکرانی / "زن نیک سچوان" دو ترجمه از فریده ی لاشایی و مهدی زمانیان / "دا ...more
Danny Daley
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Bertolt Brecht's anti-nazi play from the 1930's in its 24 scene format. I read this along with Joseph Kanon's "Leaving Berlin," a historical novel set in post WW2 Germany in which Brecht is a minor character.

The play has a few fascinating scenes, such as "The Spy," and "The Old Militant." They were insightful and revealing, and it is obvious how they would be improved by watching them on the stage. However, some of the scenes felt a bit redundant. The play may have carried more power had it exp
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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I hesitate to say I "liked" this book, due mostly to the subject matter and the way the author subtly insinuates the Nazi menace. Very uncomfortable to read, especially in hindsight, and you can see that the protagonists often do not know what to say or do to keep themselves safe; what is perfectly all right one day is cause for arrest or 'disappearance' the next.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
nay, the Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is still second to none...
Dan Richter
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Entgegen der Buchbeschreibung sah Brecht die Verhältnisse nicht besonders genau. Wem wollte er eigentlich einreden, man litte Mitte der 30er in Deutschland Hunger?
David Bessiere
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not fun at all but extremely interesting !
Jul 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
One of the absolute best scripts I've had the honor of directing.
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend it!!
Regina Andreassen
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Fascinating play with stupendous characters. Wonderfully written.
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Bertolt Brecht (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A seminal theatre practitioner of the twentieth century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble—the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht a ...more
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