Bismarckleed (Official Video)
The Bismarck Monument, erected in 1901 in the town of Norden/East Frisia, is in a dilapidated condition at the present time - early 2022. A good opportunity to have a discussion about contemporary monument culture in general and about the Bismarck Monument in Norden in particular. Should it be removed? Or should it be restored? If so, in what form should this be done? The chairman of the local heritage association Norderland, David Gronewold, for example, brings the term "critical appreciation" to the discussion (Ostfriesischer Kurier, 07.02.22).
The beginning of the 20th century was marked by excessive patriotism and repression, in which a different opinion was often punished with imprisonment. In "Norden im Wandel der Zeiten" (Ufke Cremer, 1955, published by Heinrich Soltau) it says: " Despite all social differences, the overwhelming majority of the population seems ... to be faithful to the emperor and obedient to the authorities. A bourgeois-conservative upper class sets the tone politically and socially. Symbolic of the spirit of the times is the unveiling of the Bismarck monument on the market square on 5 May 1901, celebrated by several hundred locals and guests, in memory of the Reich Chancellor who died in 1898. The commissioners are a patriotic-minded committee and the municipal authorities under Mayor Johannes König."
"Bismarckleed", which was re-recorded in 2022, was already written at the end of the 1970s and describes the attacks with red paint on the Bismarck monument in Norden during that time. In 2007 it appeared on the CD Temmi and in the same year made it onto the Liederbestenliste, a kind of Charts of German-language songs compiled by journalists and radio and television editors.
The song asks questions that are still relevant today: Bismarck, who put you here? Who needs the memory of your time? Who wants or who should remember you? What values should this monument symbolise? And don't other people of this era deserve to be remembered? For example, those who suffered under the repressive policies of the imperial era?
Bismarck Monument, Market Place Norden/Ostfriesland (Germany), ca. 1901
Words and Music: Herbert Bartmann
Producer: Herbert Bartmann
Mix and Mastering: Stefan Noltemeyer
Picture with Bismarck on Cover Artwork:
Archiv Medienzentrum / Herbert Visser
Picture with Bismarck Monument, ca. 1901
Postcard, Cramers Kunstanstalt, Dortmund
Picture with Herbert Bartmann, 2007
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