East German Anthem with lyrics in German and English
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The East German national anthem was ' Auferstanden aus Ruinen '(Risen from the Ruins)
The lyrics were written by Johannes Robert Becher (1891-1958) in 1949, the melody by Hans Eisler (1898-1962). The melody resembles those of Goodbye Johnny, sung by the popular German singer Hans Albers in the German western movie Wasser für Canitoga (1939) .Eisler had lived in the US, but was deported in 1948 during the Red scare. In the 1970s, the lyrics were no longer sung at official ceremonies due to the mention of German unification . When the lyrics were written in 1949, German unification was expected . By the 1970s, both countries were recognized by the UN. Fearing absorption by West Germany, Honecker began a policy of Abgrenzung, stressing the supposed historic separateness of East Germany to West Germany .
Auferstanden aus Ruinen
Risen from the ruins