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|Desc||For documentary purposes the German Federal Archive often retained the original image captions, which may be erroneous, biased, obsolete or politically extreme. Bertolt Brecht ADN-ZB/Kolbe 9.4.1980 [Datum Archiveingang] Bertolt Brecht geb. 10.2.1898 Augsburg gest. 14.8.1956 Berlin, Dichter, Theatertheoretiker und Regisseur. [Porträt Bertolt Brecht] Abgebildete Personen: Brecht, Bertolt: Schriftsteller, Regisseur, DDR (GND 118514768)|
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German poet, playwright, theatre director
Bertolt Brecht is ...
|Born||10 February 1898 in Augsburg|
|Died||14 August 1956 in Brecht House|
|Age||58 years, 6 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||German Empire, German Democratic Republic, Weimar Republic and Austria|
|Birth name||Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht|
|Manner of death||natural causes|
|Spouse||Marianne Zoff and Helene Weigel|
|Child||Stefan Brecht, Hanne Hiob and Barbara Brecht-Schall|
|Occupation||playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, theatre director, poet, librettist, literary critic and writer|
|Nominated for||Nobel Prize in Literature|
|Notable work||The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich and Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder|
|Awards||National Prize of East Germany|
|Member of||Academy of Arts, Berlin and Academy of Arts of the GDR|
|Significant event||Nazi book burnings|
About Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht was a revolutionary figure in the world of theatre and literature. Born in Augsburg, Germany in 1898, Brecht was a prolific writer, poet, and playwright who challenged the traditional forms of theatre and storytelling.
Brecht's early work was heavily influenced by the political and social upheaval of the early 20th century. He was a committed Marxist and his writing reflected his belief in the power of art to effect social change. His plays, such as "The Threepenny Opera" and "Mother Courage and Her Children," were characterized by their use of epic theatre techniques, which emphasized the political and social messages of the work.
Brecht was also a talented director, and his productions were known for their innovative staging and use of technology. He was a pioneer in the use of projections and other multimedia elements in theatre, and his productions often featured elaborate sets and costumes.
Despite his success, Brecht was a controversial figure in his time. He was often criticized for his political views and his unorthodox approach to theatre. However, his influence on modern theatre and literature cannot be overstated. His work has been translated into countless languages and continues to be performed and studied around the world.
Brecht died in 1956, but his legacy lives on. His ideas about the role of art in society and the power of theatre to effect change continue to inspire artists and activists today.
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Brecht died on 14 August 1956 of a heart attack at the age of 58. He is buried in the Dorotheenstädtischer cemetery on Chausseestraße in the Mitte neighbourhood of Berlin, overlooked by the residence he shared with Helene Weigel.
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