The German National Anthem (Deutschlandlied) | Germany Tourism and Travel / Everything about Germany

Source: The Germany National Anthem (Deutschlandlied) – Germany Tourism and Travel by Everything about Germany

The site notes that although “nationalism is unfairly, and incorrectly, linked to Nazism (the U.S., for instance, has been heavily nationalistic since its birth, and has been the most ardent defender of true liberty and justice for all), Germany itself has a long, rich history outside of the Hitler era.” Indeed!

In fact, the Deutschlandlied itself was written at a time of considerable liberal, even revolutionary, ferment, as German liberal nationalists pushed for unification of the many German kingdoms, principalities, and duchies (at a time when the nation-state was seen to be more liberal and progressive than ancient kingdoms). In fact, the line that seems the most grossly militaristic –

“Germany, Germany, over all: over everything in the world!”

– actually represents a plea for Germans of all states, from Prussia to Bavaria, to place their common unity above merely local concerns. But this is hardly the first song to be misunderstood, when heard out of context! Of course, some of the places listed as being part of “Greater Germany” are part of other countries, now. But territorial borders were a good deal more flexible, in the mid-19th century…

In any case, it’s difficult not to like a song that contains affirmations of

“German women, German loyalty,
German beer, and German song!”

English translation (variations exist):

Germany, Germany over all
Over everything in the world!
When it comes to protecting and defending,
Our unity unites us.
From the Maas to the Memel,
From the Etsch to the Belt:
Germany, Germany over all
Over everything in the world!
Germany, Germany over all
Over everything in the world!

German wives and fidelity,
German wine and melody,
Shall all persevere in the world.
Their fair and ancient tone,
Resounds in us our noble goal
Throughout our entire lives.
German women, German loyalty,
German beer, and German song!
German women, German loyalty,
German beer, and German song!

Unity, justice, and liberty
For the Fatherland!
Let us all strive for that,
In brotherhood with heart and hand!
Unity, justice, and liberty
Are the foundation for happiness:
Bloom in the radiance of this happiness,
Flourish, O Fatherland!
Bloom in the radiance of this happiness,
Flourish, O Fatherland!

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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