Everyday Germany

Shaun + Nina

Der Struwwelpeter and other horrifying children's stories

"I hope no one parents like this anymore."

2023-03-31 28 min

Description & Show Notes

Nina and Shaun discuss Struwwelpeter and some of the works of the Brothers Grimm.

This episode was originally released in October 2021 on The Germany Experience podcast.

After watching the Calvin & Habs duo do a reenactment of a German children's story called "Paulinchen", Shaun decided to buy the collection of stories it appears in. It's called Der Struwwelpeter, named after one of the characters.

Written in 1845 by Heinrich Hoffman, the book contains a set of cautionary tales for children. Sometimes horrific, sometimes bizarre, and always entertaining, the book offers a great view into German culture of the time, including parenting insights and the view on racism.

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