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January 24, 2017

Heilig Vaterland

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Music, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:05 am

This blog post was inspired by a comment which you can read here.

You can click on this link to go to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3DVALp-Y-0

I have written an extensive blog post, about the lyrics to this song, and how to translate them into English, which you can read here.

One of the readers of my blog supplied these lyrics of the song:

[Herbert Stolpmann’s version of the lyrics]

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

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!

[Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stund Kühn dein Angesicht in die Runde Sieh uns all entbrannt, Sohn bei Söhnen stehn
Du sollst bleiben, Land, wir vergehn]

Note that the last verse, shown in bold above, is omitted in this version of the lyrics.

Here is the story of this song, as told by Herbert Stolpmann:

It was around 5th Nay 1945 that an elderly colonel, (a music teacher) who had attached himself to us, a group of fifteen. This song he wanted to hear, before we continued our march westward and eventually into one of General Eisenhower’s Death Camps, while the colonel went into a grove. We heard a pistol shot and found him with a bullet shot through his mouth. He had written a letter to his wife as his last Will. I doubt she ever knew about the last hour of her husband’s life.

Maybe you would like to sing along.  I copied the text of the Youtube lyrics as follows:

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

Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland
Alle stehen wir Hand in Hand

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!

Eh der Fremde dir deine Kronen raubt
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt!

End of Youtube lyrics.

Again notice that the final verse of the lyrics, as given by Mr. Stolpman, has been omitted from this version.

For an extensive discussion of these lyrics and their translation into English, click on the link below:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/heilig-vaterland/

4 Comments »

  1. Everybody’s fatherland in danger with the Talmudic pest around…

    Comment by hermie — January 25, 2017 @ 5:15 am

  2. FG
    The omission of the final verse was not deliberate, what I published was all I could find and still remember after more than 70 years . For us youngsters it was an emotional Lied (song), especially when conducted in the ‘zweute Stimme’ (second voice) which is an octave higher and only cuts in (for impact) on certain passages of the lyrics. I do not know much about music, however, the four out of sight scales used in Lieder are: f-a-c-e. I would say the high ‘f’ sound was used.
    The sound track ‘Heilig Vaterland’ is a poor rendition of the song
    As a by note, when we buried our dead, we would sing after the Lords Prayer: ‘Ich hat einen Kameraden, einen besseren finds du nicht… which had the same emotional effect and kept a group together!

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 24, 2017 @ 5:36 pm


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