Column: Why you should think about the text of the German national anthem

It comes across as a bit archaic, lyrically and also in terms of the melody: Germany’s national anthem, which is then sung more or less fervently by the national soccer players. A few years ago there was a sing-along debate in Germany – columnist Shary Reeves thinks it is time for a fundamental debate on the topic of the anthem.

Cologne | August Heinrich von Fallersleben wrote the “Song of the Germans” on August 26, 1841 during a stay on the island of Helgoland, which at that time still belonged to England. It is about freedom, about national unity and ultimately about the fatherland: “Unity and law and freedom are the pledge of happiness” – precisely these values ​​that are common to all …

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