Sunday, 20 March 2011


Up until 1952 today would have marked the German “Volkstrauertag”, the day of remembrance for war dead. In 1952 it was changed to November, though for obvious reasons not the 11th. The two clips below both commemorate dead German soldiers, one from the 1940s, and the other much more recent. 

The uniform has changed, and so has the flag. The allegiances have also changed. In the first the Germans were our bitterest enemies and in the second they are our closest allies, such are the cruel and stupid realities of politics. But soldiers remain the same. The song in both clips is the same, and so, in all probability are the faces.

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