Goettingen was written by famous French singer, Barbara, back in the 1960s. Barbara was of Jewish origin and had to hide from the Nazis during World War 2. The city of Goettingen invited her to come and sing. She hesitated because of her wartime experience with the Germans, but decided to come. A French jew wrote a love song about a German city. This song helped to transform relations between the two peoples. It had a huge impact and helped the French people reconcile with their former oppressors. Now, a new generation has taken up the song.