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January 19, 2017

Heilig Vaterland.

Filed under: Germany, Music, World War II — furtherglory @ 2:06 pm
Special thanks to Herbert Stolpmann's comments which you can read here.

Ulfhethnar version

When I first saw this Youtube video, I wondered if the lyrics were the same as the lyrics in the original song, written by Rudolf Alexander Schröder, in 1914.  Turns out that the lyrics are a little different in the two different versions.  I looked up the original 1914 lyrics, which are at the end of this blog post.

But first, lets start with the new version, which I looked up on the Internet.  Differences between the new and old versions are indicated by showing the old version in brackets.  For example, zieh uns alle in Bann [Sieh uns all entbrannt], the words in brackets are from the original song.

I have copied the new lyrics, which you can read below, or you can read the new lyrics in the link below.

https://www.letras.com/ulfhethnar/1414815/

Heilig Vaterland, in Gefahren,
deine Söhne sich um dich scharen,
von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Bei den Sternen steht was wir schwören,
der die Sterne lenkt wird uns hören.
Jeder Fremde, dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.

Jeder Fremde, [Eh’ der Fremde] dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stunde,
kühl [Kühn] dein Angesicht in die Runde,
zieh uns alle in Bann [Sieh uns all entbrannt] Sohn bei Söhnen steh’n,
du sollst bleiben lang, wir vergeh’n.

Zieh’ uns alle in Bann Sohn bei Söhnen steh’n,
du sollst bleiben lang, wir vergeh’n.
Jeder Fremde, [Eh’ der Fremde] dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.

Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

English translation of new lyrics according to google.

Holy Fatherland, in dangers,
Thy sons are gathered round thee,
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

With the stars is what we swear,
Who steers the stars will hear us.
Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger], robbing you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.

Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger] robbed you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

Holy Fatherland, lifted the hour,
Cool [bake] your face in the round,
Draw us all together [See us all burnt] Son with sons,
You shall remain long, we shall pass away.

Let us all be a son of a son with sons,
You shall remain long, we shall pass away.
Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger] robbed you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.

Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

End of English translation of new lyrics.

You can follow the link below to the original 1914 lyrics, and hear a piano play the melody on an mp3.  I have also provided an English translation using google translate.

http://ingeb.org/Lieder/heiligva.html

Nach Rudolf Alexander Schröder, 1914

Heilig Vaterland! In Gefahren
Deine Söhne sich um dich scharen.
|: Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland!
Alle stehen wir Hand in Hand! 😐

2 Bei den Sternen steht, was wir schwören.
Der die Sterne lenkt, wird uns hören.
|: Eh’ der Fremde dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt! 😐

3. Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stunde
Kühn dein Angesicht in die Runde!
|: Sieh uns all entbrannt, Sohn bei Söhnen stehn.
Du sollst bleiben, Land, wir vergehn! 😐

End of old lyrics

English Translation:

According to Rudolf Alexander Schröder, 1914

Holy Fatherland! In dangers
Your sons are gathering around you.
|: Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland!
We all stand hand in hand! : |

2 The stars are what we swear.
He who directs the stars will hear us.
|: If the stranger robbed thee of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at home! : |

3. Holy Fatherland, lift to the hour
Bake your face in the round!
|: See us all burned, son with sons.
Thou shalt stay, land, we shall perish! : |

End of translation

Much if not all of this footage, I believe was lifted from the films Triumph of the Will, and Victory of Faith.  I think I like the original sound track of this footage by Leni Riefenstahlt better.

Leberkäse:The Food of Bavarian Royalty

Filed under: Food, Germany, Health, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:19 am

leberkaese liver cheese, German foodI found an interesting article about this German food that you can read here.

Apparently it tastes almost exactly like spam.

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Despite my curiosity, I wasn’t feeling confident about ordering the mystery meat so  J.P. (my German husband) offered to order it so that I could try a bite.  When it came out, I told my German companions that I thought it resembled SPAM which was met with blank stares.  “You know the meat that comes out of a can that’s really cheap and popular with university students.”  From the scowls on their faces it was clear that my unflattering comparison of Leberkäse to canned meat wasn’t appreciated.

I cautiously tasted a small bite – yep it tasted exactly like warm SPAM. Warning, if you feel the same way, you might want to keep your comments to yourself, or try one of the German dishes that is actually really good.

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Should Germany’s “Monument of Shame” be torn down?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Berlin's Monument of Shame

The Monument of Shame in the heart of Berlin

SHOULD THIS MONUMENT OF SHAME BE TORN DOWN? YES!!!

Bjoern Hoecke said Tuesday that the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a “monument of shame.”

Björn Höcke in 2015

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-afd-idUSKBN1521H3

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country’s decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Sigmar Gabriel wrote on Facebook that even though he knows the AfD party thrives on provocation, the comments by Bjoern Hoecke, who leads the party in the eastern state of Thuringia, were “shocking.”
“This is not just some kind of provocation,” Gabriel wrote. “We must never let this kind of demagoguery be undisputed.”

Hoecke had called the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust a “monument of shame.” He told party supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that no other country would erect such a memorial in its capital and called instead for Germany to take a “positive” attitude toward its history. He also said Germany needs to perform a “180-degree turn” when it comes to remembering its past.

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My 2002 photo of the site before the Memorial was built

My 2002 photo of the construction site before the Memorial to the Jews  was built

The 19,000 square-meter Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened to the public on May 12, 2005, consists of 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like pattern, giving visitors the feeling of insecurity as though the stones were on unstable ground.

Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors. There are no set paths or sign posts to guide viewers. The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman to deliberately disorient visitors by having all the stones tilted slightly and paths that are not level.

Before 1945, this location was part of the Ministry Gardens; it was adjacent to the large complex of buildings which included Hitler’s Chancellery. After the war, it was part of the “death strip” along the Berlin wall. The memorial covers an area very close to the underground bunker where Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. There is no access to Hitler’s bunker which still exists underground.

My photo of the location before the Memorial was built

My photo of the location in Berlin before the Memorial was built

My photo of the Monument location before it was built

My photo of Monument location when construction began in 2002