Regarding Howard Decker's comments in Calendar Letters (Sept. 22):
The beginning words of the old German "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" anthem, written many decades before Hitler was even born, still mean the "German Anthem" for me and remind me of the glorious, classic past of Germany. The new beginning words after the recent past ("Unity and Right and Freedom") were a fitting compromise that solved the dilemma of a "German Anthem" for West and East Germany when they became politically as different from one another as America and Russia.
Incidentally, the old words were always given a different meaning by Germany's enemies for spurious propaganda purposes. They did not mean "over everybody in the world" ( ueber alle ), but "above everything in the world" ( ueber alle s) and expressed the usual patriotic feeling of all anthems.