Auferstanden aus Ruinen

national anthem of the German Democratic Republic

Auferstanden aus Ruinen (German for Risen from Ruins) was the national anthem of East Germany before the reunification with West Germany into Germany in 1990.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1949, the Soviet occupation zone of Allied Occupied Germany became a country that was called East Germany. For the anthem, the poet Johannes R. Becher wrote the lyrics.[2] The composer Hanns Eisler wrote the melody.[2]

LyricsEdit

German originalEdit

German original
German Cyrillic script
(unofficial)
IPA transcription

Auferstanden aus Ruinen
Und der Zukunft zugewandt,
Lass uns dir zum Guten dienen,
Deutschland, einig Vaterland.
Alte Not gilt es zu zwingen,
Und wir zwingen sie vereint,
Denn es muss uns doch gelingen,
Dass die Sonne schön wie nie
𝄆 Über Deutschland scheint. 𝄇

Glück und Friede sei beschieden
Deutschland, unserm Vaterland.
Alle Welt sehnt sich nach Frieden,
Reicht den Völkern eure Hand.
Wenn wir brüderlich uns einen,
Schlagen wir des Volkes Feind.
Lasst das Licht des Friedens scheinen,
Dass nie eine Mutter mehr
𝄆 Ihren Sohn beweint. 𝄇

Lasst uns pflügen, lasst uns bauen,
Lernt und schafft wie nie zuvor,
Und der eignen Kraft vertrauend,
Steigt ein frei Geschlecht empor.
Deutsche Jugend, bestes Streben
Unsres Volks in dir vereint,
Wirst du Deutschlands neues Leben,
Und die Sonne schön wie nie
𝄆 Über Deutschland scheint. 𝄇

Ауферщанден аус руинен
Унд дер цукунфт цугевандт,
Ласс унс дир цум гутен дийнен,
Дойчланд, айниг фатерланд.
Алте нот гилт ес цу цвинген,
Унд вир цвинген зи ферайнт,
Денн ес мусс унс дох гелинген,
Дасс ди зонне шён ви ни
𝄆 Юбер Дойчланд шайнт. 𝄇

Глюк унд фрийде зай бешийден
Дойчланд, унзерм фатерланд.
Алле велт зеент зих нах фрийден,
Райхт ден фёлкерн ойре ханд.
Венн вир брюдерлих унс айнен,
Шлаген вир дес фолкес файнд.
Ласт дас лихт дес фрийденс шайнен,
Дасс ни айне муттер мeер
𝄆 Ийрен зоон бевайнт. 𝄇

Ласт унс пфлюген, ласт унс бауен,
Лернт унд шафт ви ни цуфор,
Унд дер айгнен крафт фертрауенд,
Щайгт айн фрай гешлехт емпор.
Дойче йугент, бещес щребен
Унзрес фолкс ин дир ферайнт,
Вирст ду Дойчландс нойес лебен,
Унд ди зонне шён ви ни
𝄆 Юбер Дойчланд шайнт. 𝄇

[ˈaʊfɐˌʃtandən aʊs ʁuːˈiːnən]
[ʊnt deːɐ̯ ˈtsuːkʊnft ˈtsuːgəvant]
[las ʊns diːɐ̯ tsʊm ˈguːtn̩ ˈdiːnən]
[ˈdɔʏtʃlant ˈaɪnɪç ˈfaːtɐlant]
[ˈaltə noːt gɪlt ɛs tsuː ˈtsvɪŋən]
[ʊnt viːɐ̯ ˈtsvɪŋən ziː ˈfɛɐ̯aɪnt]
[dɛn ɛs mʊs ʊns dɔx gəˈlɪŋən]
[das diː ˈzɔnə ʃøːn viː niː]
𝄆 [ˈyːbɐ ˈdɔʏtʃlant ʃaɪnt] 𝄇

[glʏk ʊnt ˈfʁiːdə zaɪ bəˈʃiːdən]
[ˈdɔʏtʃlant ˈʊnzɐm ˈfaːtɐlant]
[ˈalə vɛlt zeːnt zɪç naːx ˈfʁiːdən]
[ʁaɪçt deːn ˈfœlkɐn ˈɔʏʁə hant]
[vɛn viːɐ̯ ˈbʁyːdɐlɪç ʊns ˈaɪnən]
[ˈʃlaːgən viːɐ̯ dɛs ˈfɔlkəs faɪnt]
[last das lɪçt dɛs ˈfʁiːdəns ʃaɪnən]
[das niː ˈaɪnə ˈmʊtɐ meːɐ]
𝄆 [ˈiːʁən zoːn bəˈvaɪnt] 𝄇

[last ʊns ˈpflyːgən last ʊns ˈbaʊən]
[lɛɐ̯nt ʊnt ʃaft viː niː ˈtsuːfoːɐ̯]
[ʊnt deːɐ̯ ˈaɪgnən kʁaft fɛɐ̯ˈtʁaʊənt]
[ʃtaɪkt aɪn fʁaɪ gəˈʃlɛçt ɛmˈpoːɐ̯]
[ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈjuːgənt ˈbəstəs ˈʃtʁeːbən]
[ˈʊnsʁəs fɔlks ɪn diːɐ̯ ˈfɛɐ̯aɪnt]
[vɪɐ̯st duː ˈdɔʏtʃlants ˈnɔʏəs ˈleːbən]
[ʊnt diː ˈzɔnə ʃøːn viː niː]
𝄆 [ˈyːbɐ ˈdɔʏtʃlant ʃaɪnt][3] 𝄇

English translationsEdit

Literal translation Singable version[4]

1. Risen from ruins
And facing the future,
Let us serve you for the good,
Germany, united fatherland.
Old woes are to be overcome
And we overcome them united
Because we so must succeed,
[So] that the sun beautiful as never [before]
Over Germany shines,
Over Germany shines.

1. From the ruins risen newly,
To the future turned, we stand.
Let us serve your good weal truly,
Germany, our fatherland.
Triumph over bygone sorrow,
Can in unity be won.
For we shall attain a morrow,
When over our Germany,
There is radiant sun,
There is radiant sun.

2. Happiness and peace be granted
To Germany, our fatherland.
All the world longs for peace,
Reach your hand out to the peoples.
If brotherly we unite ourselves,
We shall defeat the people's enemy.
Let the light of peace shine
So that a mother never more
Mourns her son,
Mourns her son.

2. May both peace and joy inspire,
Germany, our fatherland.
Peace is all the world's desire,
To the peoples lend your hand.
In fraternity united,
We shall crush the people's foe.
Let all paths by peace be lighted,
That no mother shall again
Mourn her son in woe,
Mourn her son in woe.

3. Let us plough, let us build,
Learn and create like never before,
And, confident in immanent strength,
A free generation rises up.
German youth, best efforts
Of our people united in you,
You will become Germany's new life.
And the sun beautiful as never,
Over Germany shines,
Over Germany shines.

3. Let us plough and build our nation,
Learn and work as never yet,
That a free new generation,
Faith in its own strength beget!
German youth, for whom the striving
Of our people is at one,
You are Germany's reviving,
And over our Germany,
There is radiant sun,
There is radiant sun.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "East Germany (GDR); Auferstanden aus Ruinen". NationalAnthems.me. 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aaron D. Horton, German POWs, Der Ruf, and the Genesis of Group 47: The Political Journey of Alfred Andersch and Hans Werner Richter (Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013), pp. 131–32
  3. https://www.ipasource.com/media/ipasource/cms/extra/diction/German%20Charts.pdf German vowel pronunciation, IPASource, LLC. Suverkrop, Bard. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. Matthews, Brian (2002). Military Music & Bandsmen of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, 1933–1945. Tomahawk Films. p. 255. ISBN 9780954281205.