The play "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich" (Furcht und Elend des III Reiches) was written by Bertolt Brecht between 1934 and 1938, while he was in exile in Denmark. It consists of separate scenes that Brecht wrote, according to his own admission, based on what he read in newspapers or heard from eyewitnesses. The first scenes were published in 1936 in the German-language magazine "Das Wort" in Moscow, and the play text was also published in Prague at the same time. The play was first published in Germany in 1948. Almost before our eyes, over the past year, Bertolt Brecht has transformed from a respected classic into perhaps our most relevant author. That is not just because he often wrote about war — about whether, and how, one can remain human when senseless slaughter is underway, and people are killing each other due to the ambitions of power-hungry madmen — but also because he understood precisely the workings of a sick and unfree society. Brecht, one might say, saw through society completely and had NO illusions. In "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich," we see a sober and ruthless analysis of how a totalitarian regime corrupts people, how power manipulates them, and how families are destroyed. How human dignity is humiliated and conquered by fear. How people lose the ability and possibility to resist violence.