June 18, 2008


Nazi lyrics screened during Germany-Austria Euro 2008 match (Daily Telegraph, 18/06/2008)

A Swiss television channel has apologised after it mistakenly broadcast the Nazi lyrics to the German national anthem during a Euro 2008 football match.

Broadcaster SRG offered subtitles to Germany's national anthem during live coverage of Austria versus Germany – but mistakenly included the "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" lyrics to the first verse, which have been ignored since the fall of the Third Reich.

Fans were invited to sing along as the subtitles appeared on Swiss screens.

...and a soccer game broke out....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2008 3:05 PM

Dumb story: The so-called "Nazi lyrics" were written in 1841 and adopted as the German national anthem in 1922.

You can look stuff like this up, and the editors of the linked story should have done so. Such neglect of the facts is demeaning to one's readership, indicating the assumption that they are as ill-informed as the author.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 19, 2008 2:29 AM

Germany v Portugal today at the Euros. Should be a cracking match.

Anyone who's not watching ESPN's coverage is missing the commentary of one of the best sports tv people in the world, in any sport, Andy Gray, who can usually be found providing the color to Martin Tyler's play-by-play in the English Premier League, the best and most exciting sports league in the world.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 19, 2008 9:16 AM

Sheesh, what gives?

A pro-soccer comment doesn't merit an immediate reply from Orrin?

And no updates yet today?

Did he take the family to Disney World again or something?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 19, 2008 12:20 PM

The fasces and hakenkreutz predate Hitler too. so what?

Posted by: oj at June 19, 2008 12:45 PM

Euro 08 is turning out to be a great tournament. The Open was a classic as well and we still have the Ryder Cup to come

Posted by: mike in europe at June 19, 2008 3:25 PM

Right - and the fasces is on the walls of the US House of Representatives, and the House Mace is actually a fasces, and that means...nothing, really. The fasces is too identified with the Roman Republic before it was adopted by Mussolini for it to be a real symbol of tyranny.

The swastika doesn't have that level of prior association to save it from that fate, it is too wedded to the Nazis. And the 'Deutschland uber alles' lyrics are too identified with German militarism and imperialism to be saved.

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Posted by: Prashant at June 24, 2008 3:45 AM
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