Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Must not sing about a unified Germany

"The song of the Germans" ("Das Lied der Deutschen") was written in 1841 long before Germany became a nation in 1891. It expressed the common wish at that time that the many German Kingdoms and other entities should come together as a single nation. One of the verses of the song is Germany's national anthem to this day. The first verse, however, speaks of "Germany above all" ("Deutschland ├╝ber alles") and that is politically incorrect these days -- although it originally meant that a single German identity should supersede regional identities. All the verses were part of the national anthem before Hitler so he cannot be blamed for it. Historical awareness is very shallow everywhere these days, however and the guy who sang the song (below) was probably being mocking
"British rocker Pete Doherty was hauled off stage at a weekend music festival in Germany after he began singing the Nazi anthem Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles during his set, reports say.

Revellers at the on3 festival in Munich booed and shouted at Doherty, but he carried on singing until organisers removed him from the stage, Bavaria's TZ newspaper reported.

Doherty's tirade was broadcast live on Bavarian public radio, the festival's organisers said. "We decided to stop Peter Doherty's appearance on stage as quickly as possible,'' organisers Bayerischer Rundfunk said in a statement.

The lines come from the first verse of the Song of Germany and this verse was used as the national anthem under the Nazis. While the verse is not banned in Germany, it has not been sung since World War II because of its close links with Adolf Hitler.


More background on the song here. Since Germany has in fact only recently been reunified, the song would in fact be highly relevant today except for current "sensitivities".

The first verse of the song quite clearly specifies that it about German lands only:

Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt

That described the geographical limits of the German lands at the time when the song was written.


Anonymous said...

Once again, we see how political correctness can destroy, not just a nations freedoms and language, but their history and national pride.

But what is even more frightening is to see how weak-minded people have succumb to this brainwashing. Weakness, and the failure/inability of people to think for themselves is the fuel that drives PC.

The Finn said...

People have been fined for singing those words even though it's not illegal per se. We're talking about Germany after all. It would be embarrassing for everyone if a foreign rocker would have to be fined. Further more for some reason Germans don't take kindly to that part of the song being sung. Nowadays it's insulting to their national pride. Go figure.

'Horst Wessel Lied' is actually better for insulting purposes but singing that is a crime these days. I guess Doherty didn't have balls after all. If you're going to piss on your audience do it in style regardless of consequences.

Bobby said...

If the revellers boed him then I don't blame the organizers from removing him from stage.

And as long as he isn't fined or punished by the government for singing that song, his freedom hasn't been violated.

Anonymous said...

Look at what's happend to this great nation. Adolf was right!

Anonymous said...

Isn't Adolf the guy who made the meat tenderizer?