Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


Political rally in 1936 - the man refusing to perform the Hitler Grüß is August Landmesser.

Political rally in 1936 – the man refusing to perform the Hitler Grüß is August Landmesser.

According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital.

Considered to be a Fremde – a stranger – (he was after all Austrian and from the despised South), he must have been aware of this sentiment and stayed away from Berlin as much as he could.

Here´s a little line that the street sang when the SA and later the Gestapo were not listening:

“‘Heil Hitler’ ist der deutsche Grüss
dass alle Deutsche sagen müss’;
aber eines Tages kommt der Krach,
dann sagen wir wieder, ‘Juten Tach!'”

(“Heil Hitler” is the “German greeting”
that all Germans have to say;
but one day the crash will come
and we’ll say again “Good day!” [in Berlin accent])

The text and the translation come from a great text Helene Lohe, my Trümmerfrau, a story of a relationship between an American employer and her German babysitter who lived through Weimar Republic and WW2 in Berlin. Found at LA en vie blog.

3 comments on “JUTEN TACH BERLIN

  1. auntyuta
    June 26, 2014

    Thanks for the link to the “Trümmerfrau”. This story interested me very much. I think I’m going to show this link on my site. 🙂

  2. Verfasser
    June 26, 2014

    Partly true story, the nazis sent Goebbels for a reason to Berlin (as Gauleiter in the mid 20s). But I doubt that the words in the “jingle” were “Grüss” and “müss”. (probably Gruss and muss; also: “dass alle Deutsche…” is just wrong. Should be “den alle Deutschen” – or, with “muss”: “den jeder Deutscher sagen muss” ) Would be an interesting research ,though.
    Anyhow, I really appreciate your interest/love (?) for this great city, especially when it comes to Kreuzberg. Nur damit dit klar is 🙂

    • notmsparker
      June 28, 2014

      I supposed that the author of the US blog who quoted it spelled it wrong or perhaps copied the lines with the wrong spelling already. Thanks for pointing it out! We´re all struggling with learning German here so every little counts:-)
      And thank you for reading the blog – scheen isset;-)


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