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Thread #45426   Message #676448
Posted By: Wolfgang
26-Mar-02 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: german marches
Subject: RE: german marches
toadfrog,

I have looked for such a connotation without success. The song was written in 1923, so that cannot be the reason.

A wild guess: This song is linked to Prussia in some German minds and everything Prussian had a bad name after 1945. This song might have been one of the several dozen songs which have been forbidden to sing, play or print by the Allied Forces in 1945.

I would not be surprised to learn that it was a forbidden song in the GDR as well. Today it is the song of the German Land Brandenburg, as close to being the official hymn as it can come without an explicit law.

As an aside, the composer, G. Büchsenschütz, who wrote the song as a young man, got fairly rich shortly before his death when he was well above ninety, for his song which had never brought him money before now sold over a million times on CD.

Wolfgang