Text: Johannes R. Becher.
The national anthem of the German Democratic Republic (1949) was written by expressionist poet Johannes R. Becherthe GDR minister of culture until his death in 1952. The words "Germany, united Fatherland" reflected the East German Communist Party's official support in the immediate postwar period for German reunification. In the late 1960s, this policy changed in favor of one that emphasized the GDR's sovereignty over against the Federal Republic of Germany: Becher's text was prohibited in 1971, and the anthem was performed from then on without words.
Auferstanden aus Ruinen und der Zukunft zugewandt,
Risen from the ruins and turned toward the future,
Glück und Frieden sei beschieden Deutschland, unserm Vaterland.
May fortune and peace be granted to Germany, our Fatherland.
Laßt uns pflügen, laßt uns bauen, lernt und schafft wie nie zuvor,
Let us plant, let us build, learn and create as never before,
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