His plays of social protest include Die Wandlung , tr. Transfiguration, ; Masse Mensch , tr. Brokenbow, ; and Pastor Hall tr. See his autobiography, Eine Jugend in Deutschland , tr. I Was a German, ; study by J. Spalek Born in Samotschin, Prussia, Toller was raised in an assimilated Jewish family which prided itself on being representative of German culture in a region heavily populated by Poles. He volunteered for the army at the outbreak of World War i and after 13 months in the trenches at Verdun, was released as unfit for service. Toller's war experiences converted him from ultranationalism to pacifistic socialism.
Toller was a leader of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic of and he succeeded Eisner after the latter's murder. Later he headed the Red Guard, but opposed needless violence.
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In June , when the revolution collapsed, he was hounded by the authorities and spent five years in prison. It was while he was in jail that Toller wrote his celebrated expressionistic dramas: Masse-Mensch ; Masses and Man , , Die Maschinenstuermer ; The Machine-Wreckers , , Hinkemann ; Brokenbrow , , and Der entfesselte Wotan , which called for a new and more humane society and for man's liberation from the tyranny of the machine. The verse collection, Das Schwalbenbuch ; The Swallow-Book , , contains some of the best poetry written during his imprisonment.
After his release, Toller visited the U. His later plays, such as Hoppla wir leben! Hitler's rise to power drove Toller into exile. His autobiography, Eine Jugend in Deutschland ; I Was a German , , vividly depicted the hopes and frustrations of his generation. Toller continued the struggle against the Nazis, who regarded him with special hatred, throughout his years of exile, first in Switzerland, then in France, England, and finally, from , in the U.
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Ernst Toller was a formative figure in the development of theatrical modernism, yet his plays have not been available in English since the s and '30s. He was also a revolutionary activist who experienced fully the unbearable cataclysms of his times: war, revolution, imprisonment, the chaos of Weimar life, Nazi persecution, exile and the Holocaust.
His revolutionary intensity infuses these three innovative plays, all of which inspired landmark productions and substantially extended the language of theatricality. These stage-worthy new translations capture that spirit of artistic and political combustion and should help to restore Toller's rightful place in the modern repertoire. Twenty-seven rarely seen production and design photographs are brought together here for the first time and, with the extensive supplementary material, they create a vivid sense of modern theatre in the making.
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Studies and Research Perspectives. Spalek, Ernst Toller and His Critics. John M. November 9 th Eine politische Biographie Munich: Bickel, November 4 th , Kirsten Reimers d. November 5 th , and Distl d. November 4 th November 5 th , November 4 th , Spalek: Ernst Toller and his critics , ed. This interpretation corresponds to that of William Anthony Willibrand and others.
However, it is unlikely that Toller modeled the Kommis on a Marxist. There are no signs that Toller was influenced by Marxist ideology at that time.