The story of Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest is not one of dominating glory.
Just two victories in more than half a century of trying.
But it is an engrossing tale none the less.
It’s in part about a nation’s cultural redemption. The first ESC was 11 years & 16 days after the end of the european war.
The other part of the story is about the the battle for the soul of German popular culture. For years modernity went head to head with the sweet & highly sentimental schlager style.
Along the way there are some remarkable songs, indeed the very first is a jaw dropper. And there’s a winning song which attracts derision and a couple of failures that have cult followings.