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Max Schneckenburger (18 July 1819 ÔÇô 3 May 1849) was a Germanmarker poet. The patriotic hymn "Die Wacht am Rhein" uses the text of a poem Schneckenburger wrote in 1840.

Schneckenburger was born in Talheimmarker near Tuttlingenmarker, W├╝rttembergmarker. The younger brother of Matthias Schneckenburger, he was a co-owner of an iron blast furnace company, and his business sent him across the Rhine Rivermarker to Switzerlandmarker. Due to this connection, a first version of his poem was set to music and performed there in 1840 by local musicians. This Bernemarker version is now largely forgotten. Schneckenburger died in Burgdorfmarker near Berne.

The well-known music to his poem was composed by Karl Wilhelm in 1854, five years after his death.After the use of the song in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 made him and Wilhelm famous, his widow and two sons were granted an annual pension of 3,000 Mark by Otto von Bismarck's Reichskanzleramt. The rest of his German songs were published in Stuttgartmarker in 1870.

On 18 July 1886, Schneckenburger's remains were returned to his native town Talheim near in the German Empiremarker.

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In a political essay of Schneckenburger in 1840, he calls for a re-arrangement of the "patch work" European borders into national areas, according to languages spoken, similar to the ideas espoused by Ernst Moritz Arndt.

Bei der ersten neuen Regulierung Europas mu├č die Schuhflickerorganisation des Wiener Congresses durch die einzig vern├╝nftige und f├╝rderhin einzig zul├Ąssige Eintheilung nach nationalen Grundlagen ersetzt werden. Und einer solchen Eintheilung ist es vorbehalten, Deutschland alle seine nach und nach entfremdeten Provinzen wiederzugeben, wobei Arndts Soweit die deutsche Zunge klingt als das richtige Schema f├╝r die Gr├╝ndung eines neuen Deutschland angenommen wird.


References

  • Hans J├╝rgen Hansen. Heil Dir im Siegerkranz - Die Hymnen der Deutschen. Gerhard-Stalling-Verlag, Oldenburgmarker und Hamburgmarker. 1978.



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