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I think there are a couple (?) of sets of lyrics, in German, to the carol Silent Night. Do we know which version was sung in the trenches on the Christmas Eve of 1914?

Mike

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

I'm sure you intended to add that tonight, Christmas Eve, will mark the 200th anniversary of its first ever public performance .

On December 24th 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria, the tune was first performed on guitar, supposedly because the bellows of the church organ had been damaged by mice.

Probably the world's favourite Christmas carol.

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OpsMajor

Thanks - that info had triggered my question but what were the words used in 1914?

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RaySearching

 

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OpsMajor

Thanks

Mike

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jamtin

 

Hi,

I think there were probably a few versions sung at different places. The Christmas Truce was not so much a single event, as a series of spontaneous acts at numerous places along the long the Western Front.  Here’s a letter from Captain R.J.Armes of the 1/North Staffs who quotes a few songs sung, though Silent Night is not mentioned!

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2015/10/the-most-extraordinary-scene.html

This book would probably help:

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Christmas_Truce.html?id=hgkgBQAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

all the best

cheers

mark

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OpsMajor

Thanks Mark

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OpsMajor

"" I think there were probably a few versions sung at different places""

There were certainly 'a few versions sung' at my Carols by Candlelight service in Church on Christmas Eve, Mark. The majority of the congregation in English with a few children in 'school German' and a couple of us ex Military in our 'BAOR' German!

Mike

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jamtin

Mike, thats a lovely image, hope it sounded as good!

cheers

mark

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