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Rammstein criticised for trivialising The Holocaust in their new video “Deutschland”

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Last Updated on 08:36 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

German heavy metal band Rammstein have come under fire over their recent album video clip. The video, which was released yesterday, features some highly disturbing imagery. The video shows members of Rammstein at the gallows, dressed in uniforms that resemble those worn in concentration camps with nooses around their necks.

Naturally, the video has since attracted significant criticism and has been accused of trivialising the Holocaust. “With this video, the band has crossed a line,” shared Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. “The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible.”

Whilst Felix Klein, the government’s commissioner for anti-semitism, labelled the video “a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”

Rammstein has built their career on controversy. Since their inception, the band has been accused of having neo-nazi ideologies and promoting sexual violence. Their records explore themes of incest, abuse, necrophilia, cannibalism and sadomasochism. Whilst their live performances are renowned for their overtly erotic imagery. Have they gone too far this time? I believe that once again they are using the fear of people either to promote their album or their message. Whatever are their goals the problem is that humanity once again is proven that it can’t look in its mirror…

You (you have, you have, you have, you have)
You have cried a lot (weeping, crying, crying, crying)
Separated in the mind (separated, separated, separated, separated)
I’m heart united (united, united, united, united)
We (we are, we are, we are, we are)
Are already very long together (you are, you are, you are, you are)
Your breath cold (so cold, so cold, so cold, so cold)
The heart in flames (so hot, so hot, so hot, so hot)
You (you can, you can, you can, you can)
Me (I know, I know, I know , I know)
We (we are, we are, we are, we are)
You (you stay, you stay, you stay, you stay)

Germany – my heart in flames
Wants to love you and damn
Germany – your breath cold
So young, and yet so old
Germany!

I (you have, you have, you have, you have)
I never want to leave you (you cry, you cry, you cry, you cry)
You can love you (you love, you love, you love, you love)
And wants to hate you (you hate, you hate, you hate, you hate)
Arrogant, superior
Takeover, surrender
Surprise,
Germany, Germany invades all

You
I
We
You
You (overpowering superfluous)
I (Superman, tired)
We (who rises up, which is deep fall)
your (Germany, Germany above all)

 

 

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