Wow, that's stirring! Thanks, Piel.
Sort of. I just found out -- isn't Google a grand invention?! -- these facts.Does Germany still use "Deutschland uber alles"? (just a question- not starting a politcal battle here) -- Bronxgirl
The real name of Deutschland Uber Alles is Das Lied von Deautschen (the song of the German people). "Deutschland, Deutchland uber alles" (Germany above all) is the first line of the first verse. Originally these words did not refer to Germany trying to conquer Europe or proclaiming its superiority to everyone else. Rather, it was a unification theme urging people to regard themselves as one nation (this is back in the 1840s) instead of Bavarians, Prussians, etc.
After World War II this song was banned by the allies, but it was reinstated later. When East and West Germany were uinited they tried to combine the two national anthems into one. But they discovered they didn't have to, because they could both be sung to the same tune. (The tune is Haydn's string concerto opus 76, no. 3. BTW, if you want to start a real fight, forget Nancy versus Oksana. What is the all-time greatest string quartet, Haydn's Op. 76 no. 4 or his Op. 76 no. 5? And why doesn't Michelle ever skate to no. 4, which I have already sent her the CD?)
Anyroad, now the anthem consists only of the third verse. The first verse, besides having that "Uber Alles" that might bring back bad memories and misunderstandings, it has a kind of "sea to shining sea" line, where it says hurray for Germany from Belgium to the Czech Republic, from Poland to the Rhein, or something like that.
"Unity and Rights and Freedom
For the German Fatherland
Let us all strive for that
Brotherly with heart and hand
Unity and Rights and Freedom
Are the foundation for happiness
Bloom in the glow of happiness
Bloom German Fatherland"