Herms Niel passed away on 15 July 1954, aged 66, in a hospital in Lingen (near Felsen, where he lived).
Two (of several) reports published in the Dutch press (as before, "Wir fahren gegen Engelland" was mentioned as his signature composition).
From Nieuwe Leidsche Courant
, 19.07.1954, p. 7
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"Wir fahren gegen Engelland"
The composer passed away
Herms Niel, composer of the Nazi song "Wir fahren gegen Engelland", has passed away in Lingen at the age of 66. He lived for many years in Felsen in an air-raid shelter converted into a home. He died in a hospital in Lingen. Niel was the Nazis' favourite among the march music composers. "Wir fahren gegen Engelland" has been his greatest hit. It was often played on the radio, announcing news of the torpedoing of merchant ships. This song prompted Hitler to grant Niel the title "professor". His real name was Hermann Nielebock. After the war, he was branded a minor Nazi by a purging court.
Note: Niel was awarded the title of Professor by Hitler after composing the "Balkanlied" (April 1941), not "Engellandlied" (October 1939).
From Amigoe di Curacao
, 23.07.1954, p. 1
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Composer of "Engelland-Lied" passed away
Berlin. Herms Niel, the man who composed the infamous "Engelland-Lied", has passed away at the age of 66. Niel, whose real name was Hermann Nielebock, was as a bandleader very much in step with Adolf Hitler, who even had him appointed "professor". For the "Denn wir fahren gegen Engelland", so often sung by the German soldiers, he chose an old German folk song as a motif and converted it into a soldiers' song.
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