Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Germany Rising ???

The spirit of "Deutschland über alles" is still alive:

Frei.Wild (pronounced FRY-vilt) has become one of the most contentious and successful bands in Germany, where its lyrics about loving one’s homeland have resonated with people who want to challenge the postwar taboo against public expressions of national pride. The band sings in German, and its music is a punk-inflected variant of “deutschrock,” a form of German rock music. But a South Tyrolean identity allows the group to voice nationalist sentiments in German, for a largely German audience, while partly avoiding the backlash that a German band would encounter for making similar statements.

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Whether you believe them to be right or wrong, the popularity of such groups implies that nationalism is not going to die out any time soon - at least not in Germany.

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