Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Nazi-era German anthem at tennis tournament sparks outrage
It's not actually a Nazi anthem. It is just a patriotic anthem that was used both before and during the Nazi regime. It was also the anthem of the very "progressive" Weimar regime so tying it to the Nazis is a bit absurd
The United States Tennis Association has apologised after a version of the German national anthem associated with the Nazi era was accidentally sung at a tournament in Hawaii.
The obsolete first verse, including the words "Germany, Germany above all else" was sung by a soloist at the Fed Cup.
The error left members of the German team and fans upset and angry.
The USTA extended "a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team and fans for the outdated National Anthem". "This mistake will not occur again," it said.
The song, the Deutschlandlied, became the official German anthem under the democratic Weimar Republic in the 1920s.
But after World War Two, the first, contentious verse was dropped and the Federal Republic adopted only the third verse beginning "Unity and justice and freedom".