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Rammstein – Ich will

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This video clip can be understood as a tribute to Horst Wessel and the Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joeseph Goebbels. Already the name of the clip suggests a Nazi theme. “Will” is a central concept for the Nazis. Remember “Triumph of the Will” the film made by Hitler’s favorite propaganda film maker, Leni Riefenstahl? Hilter talked often about the necessity of the German Volk having a stong Will. Below are a couple of qoutes from “Mein Kampf”:

The propagandist inculcates his doctrine among the masses, with the idea of preparing them for the time when this doctrine will triumph, through the body of combatant members which he has formed from those followers who have given proof of the necessary ability and will-power to carry the struggle to victory.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)

He must fight for these principles as the only true ones, until a solid rock of common faith and common will surges above the troubled waves of vagrant ideas.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)

So, too, the individual follower of a movement must be made acquainted with its far-reaching purpose, how it is inspired by a powerful will and has a great future before it.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)

And, above all things, the People’s State will never be created by the desire for compromise inherent in a patriotic coalition, but only by the iron will of a single movement which has successfully come through in the struggle with all the others.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925)

Lindemann seems to play two roles in this video. At the beginning, which occurs after the bank robbery there is nothing wrong with his foot, but during the bank robbery he has a club foot, wears a leg brace and walks with a cane. This and the lyrics, which are propagandistic suggests, he may be associating himslef Joeseph Goebbels, who also was lame in the right leg.

Near the beginning of the video, Lindemann goes to a shrine for one of the band members, Flake, who is apparently the one that died in the bank robbery in this clip. The shrine is a funeral shrine in Roman style. Nazis identified with Rome. We might assume the dead person represents someone else. You can see 2-3 Nazi skinheads on either side of Lindemann as he walks up the steps to pay homage. The signs and banners remind you of the standards at a Nazi march or demonstration of some sort during the 30’s. The object that Lindemann raises over his head is difficult to see, but it suggests a Nazi eagle from the side.

Lindemann honors Horst Wessel?

Flake in this picture resembles Horst Wessel, a famous Nazi Storm trooper. The most famous Nazi march song was written by and is named after Horst Wessel. This video clip, Ich Will, suggests a memorial to Horst Wessel, who died fighting anti-Nazis as the Rammstein band member dies in this clip. Horst Wessel was a Nazi Saint, which explains the halo, mentioned later. In fact, he also has sort of a halo in the picture at the memorial. The Nazis honored him every year with a ceremony at his gravesite in the graveyard of the Nikolai Church in Berlin.

Horst Wessel, Storm trooper,
Infamous Nazi Martyr

Horst Wessel, a famous Nazi who was killed in a streetfight

Click the music box on the upper left side of this screen (background music) to hear the Horst Wessel Lied

Or, you can go here to learn more about Horst Wessel.

Adolf Hitler memorializes Horst Wessel,
in the traditional annual Nazi Ceremony.
Der Führer memorializes Horst Wessel.

Compare this photo of the Horst Wessel memorial with the earlier photo of the memorial for “Flake”. Notice who is standing in in Hitler’s place in the memorial ceremony for “Flake”. Also, note the standards in the image above carried by the crowd of mourners, similar to the signs in the memorial for “Flake” in the Rammstein video. The standards in the Horst Wessel memorial, though, have the swastika on them. The signs in the “Flake” memorial replace the swastika with “Flake’s” image. Whenever a person or thing takes the place of the Swastika, symbol of the Nazis, it would seem that they are identifying that person as a Nazi.

Here are the Lyrics in English to the Horst Wessel Lied (Song):

Horst Wessel Lied

Flag high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.

The street free for the brown battalions,
The street free for the Storm Troopers.
Millions, full of hope, look up at the swastika;
The day breaks for freedom and for bread.

For the last time the call will now be blown;
For the struggle now we all stand ready.
Soon will fly Hitler-flags over every street;
Slavery will last only a short time longer.

Flag high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.


Mohawks are often worn by Neo-Nazis.
Of course everyone must grovel before Lindemann.
Lindemann with a Mohawk Haircut

But why does Lindemann have a club foot during the robbery? It seems this may another role for Lindemann. It is a little known fact that Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, had a club foot, wore a leg brace on his right leg and walked with a cane, just like Lindemann in this video. It was Joseph Goebbels that created the Nazi legend of Horst Wessel, so it would be reasonable to represent him in a video dedicated to Horst Wessel.

Joeseph Goebbels,
Hitler’s Propaganda Minister
Joeseph Goebbels
Rammstein:
I will that you trust me.
I will that you believe me.

Goebbels Propaganda journal
Our Will and Way
Goebbel's Propaganda Journal -Wille und Weg (The Will and the Way or Means)

Joeseph Goebells propaganda Journal was called “Our Will and Way”. Reading the lyrics of this song “Ich Will” (at the bottom of this page), one can easily understand this song to be about “propaganda”. So Lindemann could be playing Goebbels. Goebbels was a man of the masses. Lindeman is also a man of the masses in this video. He speaks to the masses and they respond to him, just as they do in Goebbels’ “Do you want Total War” speech that was shown in the main page. So, one might reasonably assume that Lindemann is representing himself as Joseph Goebels. After the robbery (at the start of the video) Lindemann no longer has a club foot and he may correspond to Hitler in the photo of the memorial to Horst Wessel.

Here are some other examples of symbols that suggest a Nazi theme.

A Bandmember Displays a “Keltenkreuz on his Chest modified into a target.


Here is another version of a Keltenkreuz (Celtic Cross)

The Keltenkreuz is a well-known White Power Symbol in Germany.


Lindemann shows-off his “Totenkopf” cane.
Rammstein Totenkopf cane


Which suggest the Totenkopf symbol of the 3rd SS Totenkopf Division as shown on this SS ring
SS Totenkopf Ring

In the image below of the bomber just before he explodes the bomb there is a “halo” around the head of the bomber in the form of a “cogged wheel”, or “Zahnrad” in German. The cogged wheel with a swastika inside was the symbol of Hitler’s paramilitary Deutsche Arbeitsfront” DAF or German Workers Party. The original symbol had a swastika inside the cogged wheel. Since the bomber’s head is taking the place of the swastika in this symbol it seems to confirm that idea that he is being identified as a Nazi and holy for Nazis, or in other words he could represent the most infamous Nazi Martyr, Horst Wessel.


The cogged wheel (Zahnrad), seen in the halo in this image, was the symbol of the national socialist Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF)
Cogged wheel halo


In the last few frames of the video there is this howling-wolf image. Rammstine Howling Wolf image


Which reflects this well-known, Nazi howling-wolf symbol.
Nazi Howling Wolf Symbol


Symbols of the Nazi werewolf resistance

Many Neonazis have used the Werewolf symbol in recent years. However, originally it was the symbol of a group of SS and Hitler-Youth that wanted to continue the resistance behind the lines after the Nazi collapse. They never accomplished much other than murder a few innocent civilians, including a pregnant woman (according to Das Verstechspiel) just before the end of the war that wanted to surrender rather than fight to the death.

This Wolf image from “Ich will” is originally from the “Du Riechst so Gut” video, which was about werewolves. This symbol could be to interpreted to mean that Rammstein would like to draw a connection between themselves and the resistance terror group that the SS and the Hitler-Youth tried to organize the final days of the war.

Wikipedia article on the SS Werwolf Terrorists

And here is the Rammstein video “Ich will”

Rammstein – Ich will / I will it
(A tribute to the Nazi Martyr, Horst Wessel?)

Below are the Lyrics in English of “Ich will”. Sometimes it is not possible to translate things exactly. The phrase “Ich Will” can have two meanings in English, either “I want” or “I will that it be so” it’s a bit in between these two meanings. The second meaning may fit better at times in some places in the lyrics below, like “I will that you trust me”. I will that you believe me.” It can be stronger than “I want” want in English. That fits more with Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph des Willens” or “Triumph of the Will”. The concept of “Will” is of course important to Nazis and expecially to Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister.

I will/ Ich will

I will (As in “I will it so”)
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will
I will

I want you to trust me
I want you to believe me
I want to feel your eyes
I want to control every heartbeat

I want to hear your voices
I want to disturb the peace
I want you to see me well
I want you to understand me

I want your fantasy
I want your energy
I want to see your hands
I want to go down in applause

Do you see me?
Do you understand me?
Do you feel me?
Do you hear me?
Can you hear me?
(We hear you)
Can you see me?
(We see you)
Can you feel me?
(We feel you)
I don’t understand you

I will

We want you to trust us
We want you to believe everything from us
We want to see your hands
We want to go down in applause – yeah

Can you hear me?
(We hear you)
Can you see me?
(We see you)
Can you feel me?
(We feel you)
I don’t understand you

Can you hear us?
(We hear you)
Can you see us?
(We see you)
Can you feel us?
(We feel you)
We don’t understand you

I will

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