On the High Banks of the Dnieper

This poem was written by a member of the Fifth SS Panzer Division Wiking, Felix Lützkendorf. He fought at the front lines with famous warrior-poet Kurt Eggers, who died about a month after this poem was written. This poem uses themes that were popular amongst the Waffen SS, portraying their historic struggle in divine terms and connecting themselves to the great warriors of the past, as well as the natural world.

By Felix Lützkendorf

High over the banks of the Dnieper
stands an ancient and lonely tree
the winds of the steppes blow the leaves
accompanying its millennial dreams.

It buried the shafts of its roots
as deeply as God in that land –
Oh the thunderous showers of the days and nights,
Oh the storms that it withstood.

Among its roots we dug
a grave for our dead brothers,
there where in that sacred grove
it cast its undulating shadows.

You heard the song of the Goths –
you witnessed the Vikings’ journey,
Oh protect these dead blonde warriors,
they are the very same type.

And teach them the wonderment of God,
that you, his poet, perceive,
when they listen to the storms,
which blow across the plains.

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