Since the dawn of organized armies men have been led into bloody battle by heroic martial music - and soothed their lonely spirits with sweet songs of their loved ones by the campfire. No where was this more true than Nazi Germany under Hitler's National Socialism. Dr. Goebbel's ministry of nazi propaganda encouraged the writing and production of many of the most rousing and heroic military songs and marches in history; yet the battle-hardened soldiers' softer side was not ignored.
This music collection goes a long way to show that the elite formations of the Third Reich sought to embody the National Socialist ethic of pan-European unity. This idea was articulated as long ago as the composition of Mein Kampf in 1924, but it was only with the author’s campaign against the Soviet Union seventeen years later that it truly blossomed into material reality. This music collection is proof of that transformation from the Fuehrer’s written words to the colossal armies of volunteers his struggle attracted from every land in Europe.
Hear these historical nazi songs and marches of the Third Reich just as the German radio & record playing public did! Digitally re-mastered for your listening pleasure. World War Two re-enactors, researchers, teachers, music lovers, or anyone interested in the past will hear in these authentic recordings the dynamic spirit that once fused an entire continent into a single will.
Lili Marlene was not just a favorite German Nazi soldier love song but became the favorite of American GI's and British Tommies as well! We invite you to share that moment in history just as the German soldier or civilian did - whether on the frozen hell of the endless steppes - or in a bomb shelter, where the sound of the encouraging music calmed their racing hearts and gave new strength to flagging morale to carry on the fight.
The rarity of these nazi recordings has made them particularly valuable to collectors of WW2 period music and Third Reich historians intent on capturing the militant atmosphere of the times. Although these selections were first released before the middle of the last century, their reproduction quality is extraordinarily high, and doubtless benefited from modern re-mastering.