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An illustrated postcard of the lyrics to the Horst Wessel Lied, the official marching song of the Nazi party.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 97472

An illustrated postcard of the lyrics to the Horst Wessel Lied, the official marching song of the Nazi party.

Horst Wessel was a storm trooper who was killed as a young man by an unknown assailant in 1930. During his period in the SA he wrote the lyrics to a marching song that incorporated many slogans of the Nazi party. It was later set to the tune of an old fisherman's song. After Wessel's death, Joseph Goebbels turned him into a hero and martyr of the Nazi party and his poem into an official song of the movement.

Date
Circa 1930 - 1939
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Margaret Chelnick
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Record last modified: 2000-01-28 00:00:00
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