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On the heath, there blooms a little flower

and it's called : Erika.

Eagerly a hundred thousand little bees,

swarm around, Erika.

For her heart is full of sweetness,

a tender scent escapes her blossom-gown.

On the heath, there blooms a little flower

and it's called : Erika.


Back at home, there lives a little maiden

and she's called : Erika.

That girl is my faithful little darling

and my joy, Erika!

When the heather blooms in a reddish purple,

I sing her this song in greeting.

On the heath, there blooms a little flower

and it's called : Erika.


In my room, there also blooms a little flower

and it's called : Erika.

Already In the grey of dawn, as it does at dusk,

It looks at me, Erika!

And it is as if it spoke aloud:

"Are you thinking of your fiancée?"

Back at home, a maiden weeps for you

and she's called : Erika.

Published in 1938 by the publishing firm Louis Oertel in Großburgwedel.

  • Lt. Toni Brendel 

    51st Artillery Regiment, 127th Panzer Artillery Regiment.

    Lt. Brendel lived in Frankfurt prior to the war, and joined the German Army to fight for the Fatherland sometime in the 1930's.


    During his time in the military he served in the 51st Artillery Regiment and would see action in the Battle of France, Invasion of the Soviet Union, and the tail end of the Italian Campaign.

    Fortunately for him he was captured by the Americans in 1944 and sent to a pow camp in New York. his family came over after the war and he lived a quiet life, passing away in 1974. 

  • Soldat Fischer

    12th Machine Gun Company, 103rd Infantry Regiment, 14th Panzer Division.

    There is very little known of this man aside from his last name and regiment. The 103rd took part in the Invasion of Poland and then Operation Barbarossa where they met their end at the famous Battle of Stalingrad. 

    Its unclear if Soldat Fischer would have been with them for their final battle in the blown down buildings and chocked streets of that frozen city but perhaps he was one of the lucky few who escaped ? 

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