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Posted by Hibernian Psycho on February 21, 2004 at 00:06:08:
In Reply to: Re: I highly doubt your "reliable source". posted by unfair on February 20, 2004 at 21:48:50:
I'm simply pointing out anthems that have seemingly lost their relevance, and would not "fit" the present day idealogy of their respective nations.
The german national anthem was a battle hymn written in the late nineteenth century, and upon its adoption as the National Anthem, the nazis exploited it to rustle up support. The phrase "Deutchland Uber Alles", the song's opening line, is today synonymous with Nazi Germany of the 1940's.
They don't even sing the first couple of verses anymore, because of some of the lyrics (where they sing about lands that no longer belong to Germany) no longer apply, and because of the stigma attached to the song.