Herman The Cheruscan, Charlemagne, Widukind of Saxony, Lothar I, Hrabanus Maurus, Preceptor Germaniae wrote: Many people have lived, and some have also been rulers.
Otto The Great, Otto III, Heinrich II, Heinrich V, Konrad III, Henry The Lionhearted, Barbarossa, Friedrich II, Rudolf I, Karl IV, Sigismund, Maximilian I, Karl V, Götz von Berlichingen, Emperor Mathias, Ferdinand II, Friedrich Wilhelm the Great Kurfürst, Emperor Leopold I, King Friedrich of Prussia, Emperor Karl VI, Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, Karl VII, Emperor Franz I, Wenzel Count Kaunitz, Emperor Joseph II, Frederick the Great, Leopold II, Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, Emperor Franz II, Friedrich Wilhelm II, Blücher, Baron von Stein, Hardenberg, Count Metternich, Carl von Clausewitz, Alfred Krupp, Friedrich Wilhelm III, Count Helmuth v. Moltke, Wilhelm I, Otto von Bismarck, Friedrich III, Wilhelm II, Friedrich Ebert, Gustaf Stresemann, Heinrich Brüning, Paul v. Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Walter Ulbricht, Willy Brandt, Erich Honecker, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder.
Many rules have lived and some have also been people.
We praise the honest historians.
Learning the lessons of faces in school
Each portrait a story
In the narrows of time a broad look back into history
Human adornment the ugly face of its history
Fortune and misfortune lead to victory and defeat
standing by to thrive or to enjoy the spoils of destruction
Whoever makes history, whoever writes it or commands it
and whoever denies it already has some experience with blood
with what’s been stolen from history and its all-encompassing filth
Lovely in its knowledge and lovely on its face
it never learns from itself
Now it makes history somewhere else
again –with merit and malefaction
All too seldom in this stretch of time does it do well by itself
and right by history
In the new schools
History lessons are cancelled today
today marks the beginning of history’s sex change
we find ourselves in the land of Germania in the German era.
full of lust she leaps between our legs
as always drool collects on our faces
appetite for history leaves its owner hungry
it knows only enough to tell a small story
within the larger one