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Thread #116602   Message #2505739
Posted By: Ron Davies
02-Dec-08 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lili Marleen
Subject: RE: Origins: Lili Marleen
I would say it's not actually a farewell note.   According to the book--and it makes sense to me--Leip just felt in the mood to write a romantic poem--and certainly could not foretell if he would even survive the war, much less see them again. He was of course lucky enough to do, for a reason I could give, if you like--it's in the book.

He was interested in both girls, though according to the book, one of the girls was his comrade's girl. He seems to have been much more interested in Marleen.

Lili was not the name of the first girl, but he and his comrade gave her that name, partly in tribute to Goethe's first love, and partly for another reason--which I could say, but I don't really want to steal the book's thunder too much.

The book is not footnoted enough for my taste, but I suppose that's just a quibble.

One of my questions is what became of Karl-Heinz Reintgen, the man who ran Radio Belgrade.   Interviews with him--not by the authors of the book-- are given as source for much of the story.   And he was captured by the Russians.