Biographical Notes on the Poets

WILHELM LEHMANN, born in 1882 in Venezuela, grew up in Hamburg and was a teacher in preparatory schools between the wars. He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and essays.

RUDOLF HAGELSTANGE, who was born in Nordhausen, near the Harz Mountains, in 1912, is a poet and journalist. His collection of sonnets, Venezianisches Credo, which appeared during World War II, advocated the conquest of tyranny through art and literature.

GÜNTER EICH, born in 1907, lives in Bavaria, and has published volumes of poetry, stories, and radio plays.

WALTER HÖLLERER, born in 1922, is an instructor at the University of Frankfurt and an editor of Akzeute, a magazine devoted to modern poetry.

KARL KROLOW was born in Hannover in 1915. His most recent collection of verse is entitled Wind, and Time,

BERTOLT BRECHT (1898-1956) came to prominence as poet and dramatist in Berlin in the twenties. He was exiled by the Nazis in 1941, spent several years in the United States and the last part of his life in East Berlin.