Dialogue from “Judgment at Nuremberg” ~~Lili Marleen~~

picture-JudgmentNuremberg-TracyDietrichJudge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) escorts Mrs Bertholt (Marlene Dietrich) home through the war-torn streets of Nuremberg. The sound of singing from a nearby public house reaches them as they walk along.

Mrs Bertholt:
The German people love to sing, no matter what the situation.

Judge Haywood:
I’ve noticed that.

Mrs Bertholt:
Do American people sing in bars, too?
I have forgotten.

Judge Haywood:
No. We’re apt to be pretty sullen in bars.

Mrs Bertholt (softly sings):
Und alle Leute soll’n es seh’n…
I wish you understood German.
The words are very beautiful. Very sad.
Much sadder than the English words.
The German soldier knows he’s going to lose his girl… and his life.
The lantern burns every night.
It knows the steps… and the way you walk.
It burns every night, but I’ve been long forgotten.
Should harm come to me…
who will stand with you…
under the lantern?
With you, Lili Marleen.

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2 responses to “Dialogue from “Judgment at Nuremberg” ~~Lili Marleen~~

  1. “Judgment at Nuremberg” was released in 1961, with Spencer Tracy playing the role of Chief Judge Dan Haywood. Marlene Dietrich played the role of Mrs Bertholt, the widow of a German general previously executed by the allies.

  2. ‘Lili Marleen’ written as a poem in 1915 and published under the title “Das Lied eines jungen Soldaten auf der Wacht” (“The Song of a Young Soldier on Watch”) in 1937. It was first recorded by Lale Andersen in 1939 under the title “Das Mädchen unter der Laterne” (“The Girl under the Lantern”).
    Marlene Dietrich recorded her version in 1944 as part of allied strategy to demoralize enemy soldiers through musical broadcasts.

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