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National Anthem of Germany

One of the world's most controversial anthems, Germany's Das Deutschlandlied was written as a four stanza song in 1841, by German poet, August Hoffmann von Fallersleben. Set to a tune written in 1797 by Joseph Hayden, the song was made the German national anthem in 1922.

During the Nazi Era from 1933-1945, Das Deutschlandlied was abbreviated to only one stanza, and followed by an anthem of the Nazi party, "Horst-Wessel-Lied." After the war, the occupying allied forces banned the singing of the song all together, along with other Nazi symbols.

Serving as anthem of West Germany in a semi-official capacity, the first stanza of the song was officially named the national anthem of West Germany in 1990, and after reunification, became anthem for the reunified Germany.

Lyrics

The Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German Reunification

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Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit

Für das deutsche Vaterland!

Danach lasst uns alle streben

Brüderlich mit Herz und Hand!

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit

Sind des Glückes Unterpfand;

Blüh' im Glanze dieses Glückes, Blühe, deutsches Vaterland!

Blüh' im Glanze dieses Glückes, Blühe, deutsches Vaterland!

English Translation

The German flag flying outside the Reichstag, the home of German Goverment

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Unity and Justice and Freedom

For the German Fatherland!

Let us all strive for this purpose

Brotherly with heart and hand!

Unity and Justice and Freedom

Are the Pledge of Happiness;

Bloom in the Glow of Happiness, Bloom, German Fatherland!

Bloom in the Glow of Happiness, Bloom, German Fatherland!

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