Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström
Country in depression
Nation in despair
One man seeking reasons everywhere
Growing hate and anger
The Fuhrer’s orders were precise
Who was to be blamed and pay the price!
Turning neighbors into foes
Soldiers of the third Reich searching homes
And then the former friends are watching
As they are rounded up one by one
Times of prosecutions has begun
Ever since it started
On Crystal night of 38
When liberty died
And truth was denied
Sent away on train on a one way trip to hell
Enter the gates Auschwitz awaits!
When freedom burns
The final solution
Dreams fade away and all hope turns to dust
When millions burn
The curtain has fallen
Lost to the world as they perish in flames
There was a country in depression
There was a nation in despair
One man finding reasons everywhere
Then there was raising hate and anger
The Fuhrer’s orders still apply
Who was to be blamed and send to die!
The Holocaust was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews, including 1.5 million children and about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who lived in Europe at that time.
The persecution and genocides were carried out in stages, culminating in what Nazis termed the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”. The German government established a network of concentration camps in 1933, then passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society in 1935, ghettos following the outbreak of WW2 in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territories in eastern Europe, specialized units called Einsatzgruppen murdered about two million Jews, partisans and others often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight trains to extermination camps where most were systematically killed in gas chambers. This continued until the end of the war in Europe, in 1945.
Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, soviet citizens and POW, Slavs, Romanis, communists, homosexuals, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the mentally and physically disabled. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)