Sea Green Singers - Die Moorsoldaten - Peat Bog soldiers - (meme air que Hymn des Femmes) - click on image to enlarge - cliquer sur l'image pour grandir
Peat Bog Soldiers is one of Europe's best-known protest songs. It exists in countless European languages, became a Republican anthem during the Spanish Civil War; was a symbol of resistance during the Second World War; and is popular with the Peace movement today. What makes it perhaps so poignant is the knowledge that is was written, composed and first performed in a Nazi concentration camp by the prisoners themselves.
This song was written by prisoners in Nazi moorland labour camps in Lower Saxony, Germany. The Emslandlager  ("Emsland camps") - as they were known - were for political opponents of the Third Reich, located outside of Börgermoor, now part of the commune Surwold, not far from Papenburg. A memorial of these camps, the Dokumentations- und Informationszentrum (DIZ) Emslandlager, is located at Papenburg.
By 1933, one camp, Börgermoor, held about 1,000 Socialist and Communist internees. They were banned from singing political songs so they wrote and composed their own. The words were written by Johann Esser (a miner) and Wolfgang Langhoff (an actor); the music was composed by Rudi Goguel and was later adapted by Hanns Eisler and Ernst Busch.
It was first performed at a Zircus Konzentrazani ("concentration
camp concert") on 28 August 1933 at Börgermoor camp.
Die Moorsoldaten is the tune for Hymn des Femmes - http://ingeb.org/Lieder/wirsindm.html
The "short" (three-verse) lyrics
Far and wide as the eye can wander,
Up and down the guards are marching,
But for us there is no complaining,
No more the peat bog soldiers