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July 7, 2017

Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden (Leni Riefenstahl version)

Filed under: Germany, Language, movies, Music — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:14 pm

The film Triumph of the Will has a very good rendition of “Once I had a comrade”.  I have set this clip to start 34 minutes and 34 seconds into the movie.  If you click on the video, you can start at that point and hear the song.  The song is used dramatically as the back ground melody for this segment.  This segment begins with a few seconds of a German youth speaking.

I previously posted another version of this song on the link you that you can follow above.


  1. As a kid I must have heard this sad song often. I was to young to really understand but the meaning was clear.
    Now after the war in my teens, I hitchhiked through France to cross the Channel from Boulogne or Calais to Dover. In the Youth hostel there were a few disappointed Brits, who had had enough of Framce there and then and some German boys.
    I could fornutately speak German and English, Besides Latin and Greek,we were taught French, German and English, yes, in that order. But I had picked up some English from my mother, who was from a Dutch speaking family of Rochester, My father had studied in Germany around 1922 and often mixed in German words as well as American words in his language.
    Anyhow I met two German boys on the boat to Dover where a freindly lorry driver gave us all three a lift to London. The Germans pronounced Dover like
    ‘cover’ to the surprise of the driver, who started singing “Sea gulls are over ” so I could chime in “the blue cliffs of DOver. The three of us managed to get to Salvation Army in London for the night.
    The next morning we decided we should respectfully go to the Chapel. The second hymn had a familiar tune: it was the same as the Gernan Anthem, The German boys looked at me bewilderd: “Was jetzt?” ‘Einfach auf deutsch mitsingen’v, sagte ich, Und ja, da gingen wir: Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles…

    Comment by DrKim — July 7, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    • Beautiful anthem ! Wonderful community ! Best leadership ever !!

      Welcome to the new Germany…

      Comment by hermie — July 7, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

      • Thanks for suggesting the rendition of the German national anthem at the top of your comment. Look for it on the hit parade in the coming days. For the record, I like video with both the German and English translation.

        Comment by furtherglory — July 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am

  2. Friedhof Columbiadamm — Berlin

    Comment by eah — July 7, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

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