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Rammstein: "We Are Not Nazis"

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Cult German rockers Rammstein have vowed never to let their home country's fascist past affect their music - insisting they can't be held responsible for the actions of previous generations.

The "Ich Will" hitmakers are frequently misunderstood by fellow Germans and insist fear of being associated with infamous dictator Adolf Hitler is to blame.

Guitarist Oliver Riedel says, "I would have to say Germany is the country that most often misunderstands us.

"Germans are repressed in a lot of ways. They feel a sense of shame about what happened in the war.

"This means a lot of bands and a lot of people are quite cowardly in what they do and what they say. So they'll pick up on the fact that our singer rolls his R's and say that he's imitating Hitler and that we're Nazis.

"This is nonsense but it is the way a lot of people in our country think. We are not responsible for what our fathers and grandfathers did. It was not our fault. We have no blood on our hands."

Source: contactmusic.com

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1. D-avid writes:

Shame that people are so close minded and like to live in the past. Blaming and pointing at other who had nothing to do with the problem. Sadly racism would always exist unless people get together and so something about it. Bah that'll never happen and less in this country where everyone's is so f***ing close-minded.

# Nov 9, 2005 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. justwow writes:

rolling r's in pronounciation = imitating hitler? wow....i guess 50% of all europeans must be nazi's, then. jesus people need to get over this petty crap. it's the same thing as people calling TOOL nazi's after they put "die eier von satan" (a recipe in german for hash cookies) simply because it's recited in german. GERMAN does NOT equal nazi. rolling r's DOES NOT equal nazi. hell, even skinhead DOES NOT equal nazi....maybe people should focus their energy on real issues, like the inherent racism that exists all around the world. i don't personally like rammstein's music, but it's good that they stand strong in their beliefs and actions in the face of such ignorance.

# Nov 9, 2005 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ADD writes:

thats f***ed up. i'm half german and i dont consider myself a Nazi cause i like Rammstein. f***in people need to grow up and forget the past

# Nov 9, 2005 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Auchwitz writes:

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# Nov 10, 2005 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RollMonkey writes:

Please, Hitler was making crappy industrial german metal long before Rammstein.

Nazis.

# Nov 10, 2005 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. fucker writes:

screw you roll monkey your just a dirty n*****

# Nov 10, 2005 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. whoremonger writes:

Yeah I believe rollmonkey needs to go f*** himself.

# Nov 15, 2005 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. fucker writes:

damn straight

# Nov 15, 2005 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. amy writes:

i think rammstein is band which is made for people who need to wake up from the dream!!!!!!!!!!!but im dreaming to meet richard!!!!!!!!!!am nasist!!!!!!!!!!and im not ashamed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i love u rammstein

# Nov 18, 2005 @ 12:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. asianfetish writes:

I understand both sides of this..I can see why Germans try to forget what happend, but I can also see where RAmmstein is coming from

# Dec 2, 2005 @ 8:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. black queen 666 writes:

of course they aren't nazi's get over this sh** they are really good
RAMMSTEIN I LOVE YOU !!!!! their music is really good thats the true music!

# Dec 5, 2005 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Azazel_Begotten writes:

black queen, I already knew they weren't nazis...I always knew that...and i really do hope you're a black queen

# Dec 6, 2005 @ 9:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. some_guy writes:

Do they even give off the slightest hint that they're nazis? NO!!!
I got called a nazi for singing a Rammstein song, while wearing a german soccer jersey... but this guy had a grudge against germans, because he could "never forgive them for what they did to his people..." what a dumbass, just goes to show how stupid people are.

# Dec 7, 2005 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. some_guy writes:

forgot to mention in #13 that I'm not german.

# Dec 7, 2005 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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