Brecht & HUAC
Program #GARS002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on October 26, 1982.
Bertolt Brecht of Germany is a major figure in 20th century culture. He fled Hitler and settled in the U.S. at a time when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee was conducting political witch hunts. Anti-Communist hysteria gripped the U.S. Sender Garlin gives an overview of the political climate in the U.S. in the aftermath of WWII. “The atmosphere was frightening,” he says. On October 30, 1947 Brecht was called up by HUAC. He danced around the Committee questions. Someone described the encounter as akin to a “zoologist being cross-examined by apes.” Hear some of the actual exchanges. Brecht was no fool. He knew what was coming. After his testimony he left the country, never to return. The program begins with “Mack the Knife.” with lyrics by Brecht. Aired on KGNU’s “Hemisphere” program. Interviewed by David Barsamian
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