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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
‘Fatherland’ or ‘homeland’? German anthem in gender row; must be made PC says far left
or ‘homeland’? German anthem in gender row
The following article appeared in Raw Story on March 5th
Germany’s equality commissioner
sparked an outcry Monday over her call for changes to the national anthem’s
lyrics to reflect greater gender balance.
Kristin Rose-Moehring suggested in an
internal circular of the Ministry of Family Affairs that stanzas containing the
word “fatherland” (Vaterland) should be replaced by “homeland” (Heimat).
“Brotherly with heart and hand”
should be replaced with “courageously with heart and hand,” she wrote, noting
that Austria had tweaked its national anthem for gender balance.
In 2012, Austria substituted “sons”
with “daughters and sons” in parts of its national anthem.
Canada too announced plans last month
to make its anthem more gender neutral, changing the words “all thy sons” to
“all of us”.
But the German commissioner’s
suggestion was slapped down by Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose spokesman
Steffen Seibert said she is “satisfied with the current anthem”.
Julia Kloeckner of Merkel’s CDU party
also opposed the suggestion, saying: “I would have thought that other things
were more important for women than changing the national anthem.”
And the general secretary of the CDU,
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, likewise said she saw no need for change.
“I am an emancipated woman and I
never felt excluded by this anthem,” she said.
The far-right Alternative for Germany
also hit out on Twitter, saying: “We will not yield our fatherland!”
Debates surrounding German identity
have become hot potato issues as the anti-immigration AfD seize on the theme to
win over voters fed up with the more than one million asylum seekers who
arrived in Germany since 2015.
The party also recently called for
German to be inscribed in the constitution as the country’s official language.
Sung to a melody composed by Joseph
Haydn, the lyrics of the Song of Germany were written by August Heinrich
Hoffmann in 1841.
Reunified Germany in 1991 adopted
only the third stanza as its anthem.
The first stanza, which includes the
line “Germany above everything,” was used as Nazi propaganda.