Comparing Der Struwwelpeter: English vs German
Der Struwwelpeter is a culturally significant children’s book in Germany. Written by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman, a children’s psychologist, in 1845, the book warns young children of the dangers of cruelty and disobedience. While the book is intended for children, many of the illustrations are graphic depictions of the consequences of misbehavior. These stories often feature the great injury or death of several children. This has led many English scholars to label Der Struwwelpeter as barbaric and unfit for children. However, many German speakers reflect on the book fondly. This poster seeks to explore the difference in interpretation of Der Struwwelpeter between cultures.