Vorwärts! Vorwärts!

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Vorwärts! Vorwärts! schmettern die hellen Fanfaren ("Forward! Forward! Blare the bright fanfares") is a marching song. It was used by the Hitler Youth, which was also their banner song.

The song is known by its chorus Unsere Fahne flattert uns voran ("Our flag flutters before us").

The text of the song, published in 1933, comes from Baldur von Schirach and is based on a melody by UFA composer Hans-Otto Borgmann, originally used in a documentary on Svalbard island.

"Vorwärts! Vorwärts!" was first performed in the 1933 propaganda film Hitlerjunge Quex. Motifs from the song are used throughout the film, underlying representations of the Hitler Youth, in contrast to The Internationale and jazz motifs in scenes from a socialist "commune".[1]

During the Second World War, the refrain of the song was integrated into the march of the SS-Panzer Division Hitler Youth.

Like the Horst-Wessel-Lied, the song is currently prohibited in Germany under the laws forbidding the "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations", with limited exceptions.

In Austria, similar provisions apply, pursuant to Section 3 of the Prohibition Act 1947.

A Japanese translation of "Vorwärts! Vorwärts!", "ナチス青年の歌" (lit. The song of Hitler Youth), was created in commemoration of the Tripartite Pact and used in Japanese overseas broadcasting.[2]

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  1. ^ Prümm, K: Hitlerjunge Quex: Psychopolitik der Nazipropaganda durch das Medium Film, (in German)
  2. ^ 北山節郎 (KITAYAMA, Setsurou) 1987 ラジオ・トウキョウ 1 真珠湾への道 (Radio Tokyo 1: The road to the Pearl Harbor) ISBN 978-4803802078