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Horst Wessel's Song

The official anthem of the Nazi Party was the Horst Wessel Lied. The title of this song is a reference to Horst Wessel, a Party organizer who was killed in a confrontation with Communists and who was subsequently considered a martyr by his fellow Nazis. The song is currently banned in Germany.

Horst Wessel Lied (Horst Wessel's Song)

Die Fahne hoch, die Reihen fest geschlossen
S.A. marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt
Kam'raden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen
Marschier'n im Geist in unsern Reihen mit
Die Strasse frei den braunen Bataillonen
Die Strasse frei dem Sturmabteilungsmann
Es schau'n aufs Hakenkreuz voll Hoffnung schon Millionen
Der Tag für Freiheit und für Brot bricht an
Zum letzen Mal wird nun Appell geblasen
Zum Kampfe steh'n wir alle schon bereit
Bald flattern Hitler-fahnen über allen Strassen
Die Knechtschaft dauert nur mehr kurze Zeit
Die Fahne hoch, die Reihen fest geschlossen
S.A. marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt
Kam'raden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen
Marschier'n im Geist in unsern Reihen mit

(English Translation)

The flag high, the ranks tightly closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot dead by Red Front and reaction,
March in spirit within our ranks.
The street clear for the brown battalions,
The street clear for the SA man.
Aready millions are looking to the swastika full of hope.
The day of freedom and bread is dawning.
For the last time the rollcall has sounded,
We are all ready for the fight.
Soon Hitler flags will fly over every street;
Slavery will not last long now.
The flag high, the ranks tightly closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot dead by Red Front and reaction,
March in spirit within our ranks. (a)

[Note #1: "Rot Front!" was a communist greeting. "Rotfront" here metaphorically refers to the Communist political movement, which clashed violently with the Nazi Party on numerous occasions.]

[Note #2: The word "reaction" refers to the aristocrats (especially the Junkers), conservatists, and monarchists]

Combat Songs

The battle song of the Nazi Party was the Kampflied der Nationalsozialisten by Kleo Pleyer.

Kampflied der Nationalsozialisten (Nazi Combat Song)

Wir sind das Heer vom Hakenkreuz,
Hebt hoch die roten Fahnen!
Der deutschen Arbeit wollen wir
Den Weg zur Freiheit bahnen!
Wir schließen keinen Bruderpakt
Mit Roten und mit Welschen,
Und allen, die den Freiheitsbrief
Des deutschen Volkes fälschen.
Wir schließen keinen Bruderpakt
Mit unseren Tyrannen
Und mögen sie uns hundertmal
Ins tiefste Elend bannen.
Wir schließen keinen Bruderpakt
Mit bangen, feigen Wichten,
Es gilt die große Niedertracht
Europas zu vernichten.
Wir sind das Heer vom Hakenkreuz,
Hebt hoch die roten Fahnen!
Der deutschen Arbeit wollen wir
Den Weg zur Freiheit bahnen!

(Rough English Translation)

We are the army of the swastika,
Lift high the red banners!
We want to build German labour's
Road to Liberty!
We do not make a brother pact
With communists and non-germanics,
And everyone who falsifies the certificate
of Germany's liberty
We do not make a brother pact
With our tyrants
Even if they put us a hundred times
Into deepest poverty
We do not make a brother pact
With cowardly, fearful dwarves,
The big baseness of Europe
Has to be chrushed
We are the army of the swastika,
Lift high the red banners!
We want to build German labour's
Road to liberty! (1)

Another song by Kleo Pleyer.

Wir Nationalen Sozialisten,
Wir wollen keine Reaktion
Wir hassen Juden und Marxisten
Ein Hoch der deutschen Revolution
(refrain)
Drum Bruder auf die Barrikaden!
Der Führer ruft, so folget gleich
Die Reaktion hat ihn verraten,
Und dennoch kommit das Dritte Reich!
We National Socialists
Want no reaction
We hate Jews and Marxists
Long live the German Revolution!
(refrain)
Onward, brothers, to the barricades!
The Führer calls, follow him now!
Reaction has betrayed him
But the Third Reich comes nevertheless.(2)

Deutschland Erwache

"Germany Awake!" was another favored song of the Nazis.

Storm, storm, storm, storm!
From tower to tower peal bells of alarm
Peal Out! Sparks fly as Hammers strike.
Come Jusas forth to win the Reich.
Peal Out! The bloody ropes hang red.
Around our martyred hero dead.
Peal Our—that thundering earth may know
Salvation's rage for honor's sake.
To people dreaming still comes woe.
German Awake! Awake!

The National Anthem of pre-1945 Germany

The pre-1945 version of the German National Anthem written by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben in 1841. While the third stanza is used to this day as part of the German National Anthem, the first stanza has since been omitted; It is not meant to say that Germany is above other countries or better than them, but that Germany as a whole should be put above its regions and states (at the time the anthem was written, Germany consisted of more than 30 independent states). Those lines has been abused by the Nazis and are still misinterpreted until today, especially outside Germany.

Das Lied der Deutschen (The Song of the Germans)

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
über alles in der Welt,
wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
brüderlich zusammenhält.
Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
von der Etsch bis an den Belt,
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
über alles in der Welt!
Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue,
deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang
sollen in der Welt behalten
ihren alten schönen Klang,
uns zu edler Tat begeistern
unser ganzes Leben lang.
Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue,
deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang!
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.


(English Translation)

Germany, Germany above all,
above anything in the world,
if it always holds together brotherly
for protection and defense.
From the Meuse to the Neman,
from the Adige to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above all,
above anything in the world.
German women, German faithfulness,
German wine and German songs
should continue to be held in high
esteem all over the world,
and inspire us to noble deeds
all our life. -
German women, German faithfulness,
german wine and German songs!
Unity and justice and freedom
for the German fatherland;
This let us all pursue,
brotherly with heart and hand.
Unity and justice and freedom
are the pledge of happiness.
Flourish in this blessing's glory,
flourish, German fatherland.

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References

  • (a) Source: Modern history sourcebook (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/horstwessel.html)
  • (1)Liberty or Equality, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Christendom Press, Front Royal, Virginia, l993. pg 268. This is referenced to: Cf. Ehart (ed) Unter Hitlers Fahnen: grossdeutsches Liederbuch (N.p..Verlag Grossdeutschland, l932), p. 4.
  • (2) Ibid. Referenced to: From G. Feder, Das Programm der NSDAP (Munich: Eher, l936 ["Nationalsozialistische Bibliothek", Heft I]), last page.
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