"Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein, fest steht die Wacht am Rhein. – Dear Fatherland, rest assured, solid stands the guard on the Rhine.” The generation of my father sang this song as boys during World War I. It addressed the perennial animosity between Germany and France and was a deep-seated feeling of youth then. World War I, the Versailles Treaty of 1918, and the renewed nationalism kept the song and feeling awake. I admit it had a hold on my emotions during my childhood in World War II.
"Seid umschlungen Milionen, diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! - Be embraced, oh millions, this kiss to the entire world” as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony so eloquently urges.