Ernst Toller

(1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939 / Samotschin / Poland)

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  • Aviva Cantor (9/2/2018 11:52:00 AM)

    (2nd submission; previous one apparently unreceived) : where are the Swallow Poems composed by Toller while in prison and published outside from a manuscript smuggled out. the Swallow Book tells the true and tragic story of a pair of swallow who established a nest in Toller's cell and cared for one another and for their young. The pair came to a tragic end.

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  • Aviva Cantor (9/2/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    i just submitted a comment about the swallow book. didn't u receive it? ? ? ? ?

  • Aviva Cantor (9/2/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    Where are The Swallow Poems? Toller wrote a book of poetry while in prison about the pair of swallows that established a nest in his cell. The poems, deeply moving, express his joy at the birds' devotion to each other and to their young, and his despair at their tragic end. He smuggled the manuscript out of prison and it was published and later translated into English.

Corpses In The Woods

A dung heap of rotting corpses:
Glazed eyes, bloodshot,
Brains split, guts spewed out
The air poisoned by the stink of corpses
A single awful cry of madness.

Oh, women in France,
Women of Germany
Regard your menfolk!

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