Heinrich Lersch (1889 – 1936)
Heinrich Lersch was a German poet and boilermaker. He was born in Mönchengladbach and took part in the First World War from 1914 until mid-1915, when he was declared unfit for service because of the consequences of being buried due to explosions.
Heinrich Lersch served in the Reserve Infantry Regiment Nr. 65 (RIR 65). This was very likely the same regiment in which Bernhard Kronauer’s older brother Joseph served.
Lersch’s poem Brüder (Brothers) is featured on the album Krieg, preceded by a passage from Ernst Toller’s Eine Jugend in Deutschland (A youth in Germany) that fits with the lyrics from the poem. My sons Maarten and Thomas – brothers – play rhythm guitar on the track.