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Hans Litten thoughts are free by chriseastmids Hans Litten thoughts are free by chriseastmids
During his incarceration in a concentration camp, when the guards ordered prisoners to stage a performance in celebration of a Nazi anniversary, Hans Litten recited Die Gedanken sind frei

The lyrics

Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten,
sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten.
Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen
mit pulver und blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket,
doch alles in der Still', und wie es sich schicket.
Mein Wunsch und Begehren kann niemand mir wehren,
es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker,
das alles sind rein vergebliche Werke.
Denn meine Gedanken zerreißen die Schranken
und Mauern entzwei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen absagen
und will mich auch nimmer mit Grillen mehr plagen.
Man kann ja im Herzen stets lachen und scherzen
und denken dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Ich liebe den Wein, mein Mädchen vor allen,
sie tut mir allein am besten gefallen.
Ich sitz nicht alleine bei einem Glas Weine,
mein Mädchen dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!


Thoughts are free, who can guess them?
They flee by like nocturnal shadows.
No man can know them, no hunter can shoot them
with powder and lead: Thoughts are free!

I think what I want, and what delights me,
still always reticent, and as it is suitable.
My wish and desire, no one can deny me
and so it will always be: Thoughts are free!

And if I am thrown into the darkest dungeon,
all this would be futile work,
because my thoughts tear all gates
and walls apart: Thoughts are free!

So I will renounce my sorrows forever,
and never again will torture myself with whimsies.
In one's heart, one can always laugh and joke
and think at the same time: Thoughts are free!

I love wine, and my girl even more,
Only her I like best of all.
I'm not alone with my glass of wine,
my girl is with me: Thoughts are free!


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:iconavaddon-schmerz:
Avaddon-Schmerz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Wunder!
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :woohoo:
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LearningEverMore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
These are by far your most gorgeous horizon pictures in my opinion,
absolutely fell in love with this one
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:iconchriseastmids:
chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so very much ... your right & i doubt i'll ever be able to find any better than these
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LearningEverMore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
oh no, don't think that way,
I'm sure you will find a way to get even better pictures, you never cease to amaze Chris!
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for those words ... we'll just have to wait and see i guess lol :D
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LearningEverMore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you are very welcome, but I believe in you my friend, the most important thing though is that you believe in yourself!
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yes i know ....
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LearningEverMore Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Though I also know sometimes that can be the hardest thing to accomplish
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thats very true indeed my friend
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Gep65 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know this poem...it's actually a little song for children...I learned it as I was 9 years old...I love it...*-*...and the picture shows the same beauty as the poem...:D...you're great Chris...
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you Gep ... yes its a wonderful piece of writing and i'm really glad the picture does it some justice :D
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Gep65 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:iconimhappyplz:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Industriallity Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Beautiful.
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:iconchriseastmids:
chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so very much :D
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Dani-the-Naiad Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's beautiful!!! And thank you for sharing those lyrics. That's so powerful. :wow:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ahhhhhh i wondered when you might spot that one ... it was a very powerful documentary about a very brave man ... i can't even imagine what he went through ... or what any of them went through in those dark years
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Dani-the-Naiad Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. It's a solemn thing to contemplate.
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yes indeed it is ... i think we have so much to learn from history but i also fear that many dont want to learn
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Dani-the-Naiad Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're very right
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i know
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eocjtlels Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
:O
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:woohoo:
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KDMB Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I watched a movie last night called "The Way Back" about a group escaping from a Russian Gulag camp....and your image and words were in my mind. I think you would enjoy it....if you watch it, I recommend watching the special feature on the making of the film as well....inspiring all around. I think this might be my favorite of the images you captured on your "peek" but so many amazing ones my friend.
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ahhhh yes i know the one ive seen it advertised ... the thoughts from the programme i watched was the fact that its still going on out there all the time ...
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figueline Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Once more... amazing :heart:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :D
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figueline Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
:D
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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nikicasp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
The colors are amazing!
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
mother nature is amazing she really is :D
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MODDEYDOO Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
What I thought befitting for such a truly stunning image :


Gib mir meine Freiheit
Kann nicht ins Gefängnis meiner Seele
Lassen Sie mich fliegen frei wie der Vogel
Hoch in den Himmel
Hoch hoch hoch
immer .....

Give me my freedom
Don't imprison my soul
Let me fly free as the bird
High in the sky
High high high
Always .....

Sæt mig fri
Hold mig ikke fangen
Lad mig flyve frit
højt oppe på himlen
højt højt højt
altid .....

Just my thoughts in German (to stay in the spirit) in English and in my own tongue Danish

Hope you like :heart:
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KDMB Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Wonderful Kirsten. :)
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it :tighthug: Hans Litten stood up to the most horrific system the world had ever seen ... and once that system was in power they never let him go they destroyed him but couldnt take his heart away from him ... he stood in front of his SS guards and told them the poem from his memory ... i was lost for words when i discovered this
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SineadMeehan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student General Artist
My god thats amazing....i mean, iv seen alot of scenic shots, but this is just down right beautiful :D
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so very much ... its just what was happening and i got lucky :woohoo:
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SineadMeehan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem ^_^ You sure did, its a really perfect picture :)
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :D
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KDMB Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Wow, each one more amazing than the last, and such powerful words and story indeed. Yes, no one can ever take our thoughts from us.
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you Disney ... well i think my peek has captured the most wonderful of sunsets but we should never forget that thoughts can never be taken away from us even in the hardest of times :tighthug:
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KDMB Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I am so happy you were graced with such sunsets....you deserve them all, and so much more....and thoughts indeed, mine run away with me sometimes (as you well know ;)) but they are mine, and I can share them when I choose...as our all of ours, such a treasure life gives us.
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Wonderful picture and lyrics!:clap:
Thoughts are free, who can guess them?
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you my beautiful Athina, thoughts are free no matter what the circumstances of our lives and we should never forget them ... :tighthug:
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