The lost song of an unknown German soldier

The lost song of an unknown German soldier


norman lebrecht

September 02, 2017

A British singer and guitarist have helped identify an unknown German casualty at Verdun by means of a song he wrote. Watch the video.


  • Sara Diaz says:

    Sad song, but it helped to identified him. RIP

  • John Borstlap says:


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Profoundly moving

  • Am I the only one who see the irony in this case?

    If these British musicians take a time machine and perform exactly the same songs 100 years earlier, in the hope of making a stop to the cruelty and absurdity of the war, their people would not be amused, at all.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Indeed. But the irony would only exist in case time machines would exist.

      In 1914, the lights went out over Europe, and they have only been flickering now & then since, in spite of its impressive postwar recovery.

      • John Borstlap says:

        That appears to be true. As far as the culture is concerned, I think it is due to two factors: established modernism (in all fields; look at Tate Modern), and the misunderstanding that democracy and emancipation movements justify an egalitarian world view in the cultural territory, inviting populism.

  • Josephine Siedlecka says:

    What a beautiful song. Beautiful performance,
    And wonderful that you found it and are giving the poor writer some belated recognition. Thank you.