Germany's motto, "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" or "Unity and Justice and Freedom," has been an integral part of the country's identity since the mid-19th century. It reflects the values and aspirations of the German people and has played a significant role in shaping the country's history. The motto originates from the third stanza of the "Lied der Deutschen" or "Song of the Germans." The song was written in 1841 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and was originally titled "Das Lied der Deutschen" or "The Song of the Germans."

The motto played an essential role in the formation of the modern German state. In 1848, during the German Revolution, the Frankfurt Parliament adopted "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" as the motto of a united Germany. Although the revolution ultimately failed to achieve its goals, the motto remained an important symbol of the aspirations of the German people.


In 1871, when the German Empire was established, the motto was adopted as the official motto of the country. It continued to be used during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). After World War II, the motto regained its original meaning and became a symbol of the values and aspirations of post-war Germany. It was included in the Basic Law, Germany's constitution, which was adopted in 1949. 


The motto continues to be an essential part of German identity and serves as a symbol of the country's commitment to unity, justice, and freedom.