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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 8:38 pm 

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You know, a short while ago, I made a commitment to attempt a little simple German reading if I were allowed to pass on a passage that contained some French. (It was a jocular enough exchange, but I was serious.) I haven't used what little conversational German I ever possessed since writing to a pen-pal in Karl-Marx-Stadt in the last few years of the DDR, but since she was able to understand it, I trust I could still make the reading intelligible. Even if my accent is probably weird as.

Anyhow, a chance passing mention of Sophie Scholl in the current fortnightly poem topic ("The Present Crisis") caused it to occur to me that I could honour this commitment if there were ever a German language equivalent Weekly/Fortnightly poem topic for "Die Gedanken sind frei", either sung or recited.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Gedanken_sind_frei

Anyway, just a thought.


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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 8:46 pm 
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There is a Collection of German Poetry here where this would be very welcome, I'm sure:
viewtopic.php?f=60&t=58574

Just in case... :wink:

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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 8:51 pm 

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Opening bat, eh? :lol:

Would you be able to point me to a suitable source that is PD in the relevant countries? Fraktur is not a problem.

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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 8:55 pm 
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Most certainly:
https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/Die_Gedanken_sind_frei

In the box on the right, there is a link to a google scan of the original source from 1842.

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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 9:03 pm 

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Oh, are those types of scan PD? I didn't know that. Knowing that now, I'm going to be spoilt for choice! :D

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Post Posted:: November 27th, 2015, 9:13 pm 
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Careful - not all of them are!

In this case, there is a scan on google docs that shows the date in the beginning. Others may have to be examined more closely...

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Post Posted:: November 28th, 2015, 2:33 pm 

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Done.

S.O.T.E. goes L.O.T.E., eh?

viewtopic.php?f=60&t=58574&p=1186132#p1186132

Heaven knows what my accent has done to the "old beautiful sound" of the language. Even now, poor hokuspokus must surely be wondering "How has a kangaroo learned to speak, and why did it have to start with the German language?!" :D


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Post Posted:: December 8th, 2015, 3:48 pm 
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I remember seeing a documentary on Hans Litten not long ago and being struck by the poem. I am so glad to be able to read the history behind it and the text.

Thanks SOTE.

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