German translator, Günter Plessow, translated Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet on the Statue of Liberty into German, and then, based on the American original, wrote his own modernized version reflecting the current situation in this country and too many others to count. We are pleased to present it here along with the original, and to express our heartfelt wish that The Big Orange Error will return to whatever dark, shitty corner of Cloud Cuckoo Land he came from, never to return. Thanks to Michael Heller for bringing this to our attention.


Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus, 1883, III.