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Auferstanden aus Ruinen

Auferstanden aus Ruinen was the national anthem of East Germany (German Democratic Republic, DDR). It was composed by Hanns Eisler and the text was written by the poet Johannes R. Becher who later became minister of education. Surprisingly, the much more influential dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht was not asked to write the lyrics.

In Becher's lyrics, the word Germany (as opposed to German Democratic Republic) is mentioned five times; additionally, it speaks of a united fatherland. At the latest after the building of the Berlin Wall in August 13 1963 this was no longer concordant with the politics of the DDR regime. Thus, after the term Germany had also been removed from the DDR constitution in September 7 1974, the lyrics were no longer sung. On official occasions, only Eisler's melody was performed.

Auferstanden aus Ruinen ceased to be a national anthem when the two Germanys united in 1990 and Das Lied der Deutschen, which was already the anthem of West Germany, was adopted for all of Germany.


Auferstanden aus Ruinen und der Zukunft zugewandt,
laß uns Dir zum Guten dienen, Deutschland, einig Vaterland.
Alte Not gilt es zu zwingen, und wir zwingen sie vereint,
denn es muß uns doch gelingen, daß die Sonne schön wie nie
über Deutschland scheint,
über Deutschland scheint.

Glück und Friede sei beschieden Deutschland, unserm Vaterland.
Alle Welt sehnt sich nach Frieden, reicht den Völkern eure Hand.
Wenn wir brüderlich uns einen, schlagen wir des Volkes Feind!
Laßt das Licht des Friedens scheinen, daß nie eine Mutter mehr
ihren Sohn beweint,
ihren Sohn beweint

Laßt uns pflügen, laßt uns bauen, lernt und schafft wie nie zuvor,
und der eignen Kraft vertrauend, steigt ein frei Geschlecht empor.
Deutsche Jugend, bestes Streben unsres Volks in dir vereint,
wirst du Deutschlands neues Leben. Und die Sonne schön wie nie
über Deutschland scheint,
über Deutschland scheint.


Risen from the ruins and turned toward the future,
Let us serve you for the common good, Germany, united Fatherland.
Our task is to overcome old distress, and we shall overcome it together,
and we shall surely succeed, so that the sun, more beautifully than ever before,
shines over Germany,
shines over Germany.

May happiness and peace be granted to Germany, our Fatherland.
The whole world longs for peace, extend your hand to all peoples.
If we unite fraternally, we will defeat the enemy of the People.
Let the light of peace shine, so that a mother never again
mourns her son,
mourns her son.

Let us plough, let us build, learn and achieve as never before,
That, trusting in our own strength, a free generation shall arise.
German youth, the best striving of our people united in you,
Will revivify Germany And the sun, more beautifully than ever before
shall shine over Germany,
shall shine over Germany.

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