Vladimir Vasil'evich Lebedev
(Born St. Petersburg, 1891; died Leningrad, 1967)
Samuil Iakovlevich Marshak
(Born Voronezh, 1887; died Moscow, 1964)
The Force of Habit, TASS No. 1132, January 8, 1945
1970 x 855 mm
Fritz has returned
To his native family.
He’s robbed his father and his sisters,
He’s robbed his mother too.
The German stormtrooper is unable
To be anything but a robber.
He says, “Overseas
I just got used to it”.
“My Fritz!” - says his father
“My Fritz!” - sighs his mom.
“What a talented boy you are!
You can even steal!”
The father says, “What a pillaging,
It's robbery in broad daylight!
You’ve taken after the Führer,
After your mother and after me!”
Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, 2010.123