The Belt here refers to the narrow body of water that separates northern Germany from Denmark and represents, in a verse (now deleted) from the German national anthem Deutschland über Alles, one of the four waterways that delineate the German-speaking world. The anthem, the lyrics of which come from an 1841 poem by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874), was used by the recently unified Germany during World War I and the Nazis during the Third Reich and is sung even now, albeit without its first two problematic stanzas. It is perhaps the anthem's fraught history and its ambivalent political flexibility that appealed to Kiefer.
Inscription: Titled in acrylic (U.L.): Hoffmann v. Fallersleben; (L.R.): Der Belt
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