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The Grimm Collection, City of Kassel, Germany (www.kassel.de/grimm) contains drawings of the children from the Brothers Grimm family: sketchbooks, drawing sheets and watercolors, including exceptional nature studies. They were created between 1802 and 1850.
In autumn 1946, pupils of the Cecilienschule, Saarbrücken designed a so-called „Danke-Buch“, with drawings, letters and poems for today unknown representatives of the Irish food aid. The humanitarian action ensured the survival of many children, and later enriched the history of friendship between Ireland and Germany. Saarbrücken was destroyed at this time to 90%. There was hunger and suffering in the civilian population. It was a time of great upheaval. Many fathers had died in the war or as prisoner of war. The solidarity of individual countries (Ireland, Switzerland) was received with great gratitude and recognition.
The small album with the pictures of thanks, designed in format for beeing transported in a backpack, contains unusual girl drawings with 88 differently designed scenes of food aid and school feeding. Likewise, the transport situations, in conjunction with maps, the school building from inside and outside is shown. City views with ruin representations are also included. The album gives opnes up a moving and emotional insight into this time.
In 2013, on the initiative of Mr. Tony O`Herlihy, the current owner of the „Danke-Buch“, the Saarbruecke Cultural Office and the German Embassy in Dublin, a rediscovery and exploration of this important cultural heritage began. Research started at the University of Paderborn.
1982 – 1985 Elias Collection
Spaces from Early Childhood: Between 1982 and 1985, a boy (born 1979) created hundreds of large-format drawings with felt-tip pens.
He presented his observations and experiences on train journeys and trips.
The drawings belong to the Ströter-Bender Collection, Germany
Text and image selection: Dr. Anna Lehninger (Basel, Zurich), associate researcher at SIKJM.
The picture collection of the Swiss Institute for Children's and Youth Media (SIKJM) contains not only original illustrations of historical children's books, prints and picture sheets, but also children's drawings. They come from the possession of two women who were both devoted to children's books and to each other in friendship: Jella Lepman and Bettina Hürlimann, the latter a publisher at Atlantis Verlag, whose children's book segment she shaped for decades. From her estate come the approximately 200 pictures which, through research, could be determined as two collections and are presented below for the first time.