Found 2nd Dec 2009
Pete Doherty apologises for singing 'Nazi' anthem

Singer Pete Doherty has apologised after being asked to leave a stage in Germany for performing a verse of the national anthem with Nazi connotations.

Doherty, 30, was booed after singing "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" at a concert in Munich on Saturday that was broadcast live on Bavarian radio.

A spokesperson for the singer said he was "unaware of the controversy" about the anthem's rarely used first verse.

"He deeply apologises if he has caused any offence," he said.

The first verse of Germany's national anthem - which translates as "Germany, Germany above everything" - has been ignored since the fall of the Third Reich.

The third verse - which begins "Unity and justice and liberty for the German fatherland" - has been used since East and West Germany unified in 1990.

Public radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk stopped broadcasting from the on3 music festival when Doherty began his version of the anthem.

Video footage of the incident shows him incorporating the song with an eccentric rendition of 'Hit the Road Jack'.

Onlookers can be heard reacting angrily to the refrain, which was dropped after World War II.

According to local reports, the Babyshambles star performed five more songs before being ushered from the stage.

In a letter printed on the on3 website, Doherty's manager Adrian Hunter said the singer had "wanted to celebrate his appearance in Munich by assimilating and integrating with the crowd".

"Pete himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organisations," the letter said.

"This is a subject he feels very strongly about."

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Didnt even read OP, but goes without saying really.

its ok.... he is of jewish descent. :roll:

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It's the last sentences that makes a mockery of his defence...

In a letter printed on the on3 website, Doherty's manager Adrian Hunter … In a letter printed on the on3 website, Doherty's manager Adrian Hunter said the singer had "wanted to celebrate his appearance in Munich by assimilating and integrating with the crowd"."Pete himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organisations," the letter said."This is a subject he feels very strongly about."



:roll::whistling:

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magicbeans;7079154

its ok.... he is of jewish descent. :roll:



That's what made it even more ridiculous - if he's supposedly so well informed about such topics, why would he sing a song from the days of the 3rd Reich?! :lol:

I did not know that the first verse of the German national anthem was offensive and I consider myself well educated.

Did you?

moob;7079175

That's what made it even more ridiculous - if he's supposedly so well … That's what made it even more ridiculous - if he's supposedly so well informed about such topics, why would he sing a song from the days of the 3rd Reich?! :lol:



cos he probably is unaware of his descent! but now they are playing the 'im not racist cos my best mate is black' card but with the jewish twist!

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moob;7079175

That's what made it even more ridiculous - if he's supposedly so well … That's what made it even more ridiculous - if he's supposedly so well informed about such topics, why would he sing a song from the days of the 3rd Reich?! :lol:



The first verse of Germany's national anthem - which translates as "Germany, Germany above everything" - has been ignored since the fall of the Third Reich.


Did you know this? Because I will readily admit that I didn't.

In fact, when recalling the German national anthem, those are the lines that I actually think of.

chester123;7079177

I did not know that the first verse of the German national anthem was … I did not know that the first verse of the German national anthem was offensive and I consider myself well educated.Did you?



+1

Google German national anthem lyrics and the first page with them on makes no reference to how offensive they are, (about.com).

No doubt he just looked it up before he went on stage and though he would sing some.

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chester123;7079177

I did not know that the first verse of the German national anthem was … I did not know that the first verse of the German national anthem was offensive and I consider myself well educated.Did you?



As I'm part German, yeah I did - but it's not sung any more.

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moob;7079288

As I'm part German, yeah I did - but it's not sung any more.



What's the German for 'bandwagon'?

FilthAndFurry;7079307

What's the German for 'bandwagon'?



Excellent!

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FilthAndFurry;7079307

What's the German for 'bandwagon'?



Not sure, but you'll find the term 'Arschloch' is applicable to yourself. :lol:

The Germans have such a good sense of humour......

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I could have sworn the germans sing "deutscheland, deutscheland, uber alles" at the start of their anthems in footie.......:?

I was oblivious to the fact certain verses where offensive.

FilthAndFurry;7079259

The first verse of Germany's national anthem - which translates as … The first verse of Germany's national anthem - which translates as "Germany, Germany above everything" - has been ignored since the fall of the Third Reich.Did you know this? Because I will readily admit that I didn't. In fact, when recalling the German national anthem, those are the lines that I actually think of.


I did.

But only a few years ago when it was accidently played on TV at some sporting event.
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