Moscow: Verlag für Fremdsprachige Literatur, 1944. Item #1111
 pp. 27.7x21.9 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Previous owner’s ink inscription on the front wrapper. Otherwise near fine.
STRIKING FIRST GERMAN-LANGUAGE EDITION OF THE NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM OF THE SOVIET UNION.
In 1943, the Soviet regime announced a contest for a new composition to replace the anthem Internationale, which was active as a hymn of the Bolshevik Party, Soviet Russia, and the Soviet Union in 1912-1943. This decision was dictated by the dissolution of the Communist International (1942) and the Soviet shift from internationalism to nationalism. The competition included more than 200 participants, among which Stalin personally chose music by the Soviet composer Alexander Alexandrov (1883-1946). The task of writing lyrics that referenced not only the Great Patriotic War, but also a Country of Soviets was given to Sergei Mikhalkov (1913-2009), the Soviet and Russian author of children’s books, and Gabriel El-Registan (1899-1945), the Soviet and Armenian poet. The new anthem was presented to Stalin in the summer of 1943 and was introduced as the country’s new anthem on the radio on January 1, 1944.
The work contains the musical score as well as the German lyrics on the back wrapper. The Foreign Languages Publishing House issued the anthem in French and German.
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