The returning soldier - Poem by an 11 year old schoolgirl

Poem/Manuscript

Description

English

An 11-year-old schoolgirl, Anny Politzer, wrote this poem about a soldier returning to Vienna. He sees St Stephen’s Cathedral, and is transfixed. There is peace in Vienna, a word that is very special to him. He can’t help but think of the front from which he has come, and where so many of his comrades have died. They will never see their home country again. For them, everything is lost.

The war collection of the Imperial Library includes numerous submissions of poems from the civilian population.

German

Worum geht es in diesem Dokument?

Anny Politzer schreibt in ihrem Gedicht über einen heimkehrenden Soldaten, der durch Wien spaziert. Er sieht den Stephansdom, von dem er den Blick nicht abwenden kann. In Wien herrscht Frieden, ein Wort, das für ihn besonders ist. Er muss an die Front denken von der er kommt, an der so viele Kameraden gestorben sind. Sie werden die Heimat nicht mehr sehen. 

Was ist dieses Dokument?

Neben den zahlreichen Einsendungen an die Kriegssammlung der Hofbibliothek finden sich zahlreiche Gedichte der Bevölkerung. Bei diesem Dokument handelt es sich um ein handgeschriebenes Gedicht einer elfjährigen Schülerin.

Transcript

Transcript

English

Here is peace!
With difficulty I walk through the streets.
I cannot keep my tired eyes
From St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Here is peace!
What a lovely word!
And when I think of that place
Where so many are lying!
Poor fellows!
You will no longer see my beautiful Vienna.
For you everything, everything is gone.
Poor fellows!

German

Hier ist Frieden!
Mühsam geh’ ich durch die Straßen.
Ich kann den müden Blick nicht lassen
Vom Stephansdom.
Hier ist Frieden!
Welch liebliches Wort!
Und wenn ich denke an jenen Ort
Wo so viel’ lagen!
Arme Kameraden!
Ihr seht nicht mehr mein schönes Wien.
Für euch ist alles, alles hin.
Arme Kameraden!

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The returning soldier - Poem by an 11 year old schoolgirl
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