Poland gets rights from Germany to iconic WWII song music

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2015 10:12 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has obtained rights from Germany to the music of an iconic Polish army song that was written during a 1944 victorious battle against the Nazis.

The song "Red Poppies on Monte Cassino" commemorates the dedication and sacrifice of Polish troops, who along with the Allies, fought in the battle of Monte Cassino, one of the most fierce and deadly during World War II.

It was written on the night before the key Allied attack May 18 that crushed the German defense. It was banned under communism, but preserved in family tradition.

The author of the music, Alfred Schutz, died in Munich, Germany, in 1999 without any heirs and the rights to his work were transferred by law to local authorities.

On Tuesday, Poland's Foreign Ministry had them officially returned.