Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hindenberg Is Our God?

The Lutheran Witness, April 16, 1918, p. 158, reported the following event in light of persecutions which came upon Lutherans who were still speaking (and singing) in German:

In a southern Illinois town a pastor’s beard was painted yellow because he supposedly had led his congregation in a song which elevated Germany’s General von Hindenburg to the status of a god. Actually, the congregation had sung Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, not Ein Hindenburg ist unser Gott.