Next time, don’t turn to Google to find the words to the National Anthem of Germany, sir.
Before the Fed Cup tennis match in Hawaii yesterday, a singer sang the wrong verse for the German National Anthem, going with the one most associated with Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Will Kimbal, a hospital worker said to be a former opera singer, is now a former national anthem singer.
The players and crowd defiantly sung the correct words — the third verse is the official anthem — instead of “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt,” which translates to “Germany above all, above all in the world.”
The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem. This mistake will not occur again. pic.twitter.com/4LyG3ACe5u
— USTA (@usta) February 11, 2017
“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic told Reuters.