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Thread #26140   Message #2213459
Posted By: GUEST,Justin
11-Dec-07 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Discussion: Universal Soldier
Subject: RE: Universal soldier and Codine
I know this thread is ridiculously old, but for people who stumble across it and wonder ...

Yes, Buffy Sainte-Marie says "Dachau". The reason is obvious.

However, Donovan Leitch says Liebau. (The proper pronunciation of this word would be "LEE-bow", but that doesn't fit the rhythm, and besides, most people who don't speak German wouldn't pronounce it that way anyways.)

Liebau is the old German name for the Polish town Lubawka. During the Nazi years, the Hitler Youth used a facility near Lubawka (built in preparation for the Berlin Olympics) as a training and recreational facility. There was also a satellite labor camp there during the war. Take your pick on which one Donavan is referring to -- the concentration camp is more true to Sainte-Marie's original, but the Hitler Youth facility seems to fit more with the rest of the song.