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Helene Weigel

(1900—1971)

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Berlin

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Berlin airlift an operation by British and American aircraft to airlift food and supplies to Berlin in 1948–9, while Russian forces blockaded the city to isolate it from the West and...

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Berliner Ensemble

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Theatre company founded in 1949 in East Berlin by Brecht and his wife Helene Weigel. It was first housed at the Deutsches Theater and in 1954 moved to the Theater ...

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Bertolt Brecht

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(1898–1956),

German dramatist and poet who emigrated to the US during the Fascist period, then settled in 1949 in East Berlin. His early plays show kinship with Expressionism. Die...

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Ekkehard Schall

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(b. Magdeburg, 29 May 1930)

Actor, director and formerly a leading member of the Berliner Ensemble, which he joined in 1952, and ran as artistic director from 1977 to 1992. ...

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Erich Engel

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(1891–1966)

German director. Initially an actor, Engel soon switched to directing, first in Hamburg, and then in 1922 in Munich, where he met Brecht and the designer Neher. Their...

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Manfred Wekwerth

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(1929– )

German director. Wekwerth joined Brecht as assistant director at the Berliner Ensemble in 1951. After Brecht's death in 1956 and Weigel's assumption of command, Wekwerth...

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