1st volume, no. 12

Introduction to the content

When one’s worldview is solely based on hopes, in Germany, the proverb of “wish as the father of thoughts” is often invoked. Curt Bloch applies this expression for wishful thinking to the Reichspropagandaleiter, whom he labels as “Goebbels, father of news” for distorting realities. In the articles of the German Nachrichtenbüro (DNB) under his control, enemy losses are portrayed in “astronomically figures”, “and to diminish the defeats”.

In the second poem, Curt Bloch makes a proposal to Dr. Göbbels, the “doctor of much promising”: Because people would no longer believe in “German blabbering”, however “friend Winston Churchill is well on his way to fulfill his promise soon (?!)”, Goebbels would do best “to stop the work quickly.”

Goebbels is also the subject of the third text entitled The Lies of the Unholy Joseph, divided into six sections. Curt Bloch traces the biography of the Nazi politician. He had always been a liar; his mouth and the truth were “two opposites.” Joseph Goebbels’ lies had always changed “depending on purpose and necessity”. Thus, Bloch’s comprehensive description spans from Goebbels’ agitations against the democratic system of the Weimar Republic to the expressions of perseverance in the face of Germany’s defeat. “When,” Curt Bloch asks at the end of the poem, “will the people drive this lying mouth to the devil?”