“Is it better to know something or not to know something, Mr. Loest?” Question in a ZDF interview with the 87-year-old Leipzig writer Erich Loest, two weeks before he died recently.
Q: What condition is better, Mr. Loest? Knowing something or not knowing something?
Erich Loest: Knowing is always better. Because sometimes some other people know, and then things can get unpleasant. So knowing is always good.
Mr. Loest wrote over 50 books, including Nikolaikirche and the 1977 autobiography Es geht seinen Gang, which was censored by the East German S.E.D. regime. He asked that at his funeral celebration [Trauerfeier] there be no speeches and no lies, just champagne.
(Isst ess bess ah ett voss tsoo VISS en oh dear ett voss NICHH t tsoo viss en.)