Vaterlandslied (Arndt)

The Vaterlandslied (Song of the Fatherland) is a patriotic poem written by Ernst Moritz Arndt in 1812. It is also known by its first line Der Gott, der Eisen wachsen ließ (The God who made iron grow).

Der Gott, der Eisen wachsen ließ written on a bunker at the Siegfried Line (Westwall) in Haustadt, Beckingen, Saarland

The song was written to denounce the fact that several German states fought on the side of Napoleon to the detriment of their own nation. In 1812, the armies of the Confederation of the Rhine, Austria and Prussia participated in the French invasion of Russia. Many patriots such as Baron von Stein and Ernst Moritz Arndt left Germany and got positions in the Russian state.

With the music of Albert Methfessel (1785–1869), Arndt's Vaterlandslied became very popular during the German campaign of 1813, and remained part of the canon of patriotic songs throughout the 19th and early 20th century.

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  1. ^ Ernst Moritz Arndt (Im Jahr der Freiheit 1812) [In the year of freedom 1812]. "Vaterlandslied". Lieder für Teutsche (in German). Leipzig: Gerhard Fleischer. pp. 81–83.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Feurzeig, Lisa (ed.). "Der Gott, der Eisen wachsen ließ" in Deutsche Lieder für Jung und Alt. Middleton (Wisconsin): 2002. pp. 78–90

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