Singer Pete Doherty booed off stage for singing Nazi anthem
The lead singer of rock band Babyshambles began singing ‘Deutschland, Deutschland über alles', which was used as the national anthem under the Third Reich.
An outraged crowd at the on3 music festival in Munich began booing and shouting, but Doherty carried on singing five more songs before festival organisers ushered him from the stage.
The concert was also being broadcast live on Bavarian radio. Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk cut the broadcast as soon as Doherty, a surprise guest at the music festival, began his song.
'Deutschland über alles' is the first verse of 'Deutschlandlied', a song written by Joseph Haydn in 1797. The third verse of 'Deutschlandlied' is used as the current German national anthem, and has the same tune as 'Deutschland über alles'.
However, the first verse has not been officially sung since the Second World War because of its association with the Nazis. Its opening lyrics translate as: “Germany, Germany above anything/Above everything in the world”.
It is not the first time Doherty, the former lead singer of The Libertines, has been embroiled in Nazi-themed controversy. A track entitled ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ on The Libertines, the band’s 2004 album, attracted criticism for taking its name from the slogan placed above the entrances of Nazi concentration camps.
Chief prosecutor Barbara Stockinger told the Bavarian newspaper TZ that they were examining Doherty’s performance closely, but were not currently treating it as a crime.
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