posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 08:04 AM
The Last Children of Schewenborn from Gudrun Pausewang. We had to read that as a school assignment.
It's about a nuclear attack on Germany (or the whole world, it's never said if it was just on Germany or a nuclear world war). It's about a 12 year
old boy and his family travelling to their grandparents, when the attack happened. They didn't know what happened but soon find out and then live
near Fulda in a nuclear wasteland. The book goes into great detail about diseases from radiation and malformed children that are born afterwards and
just the helplesness of the people.
It freaked me out completely and for a few weeks afterwards i always had that feeling that a nuclear attack could happen any minute.
And of course "Struwwelpeter", it's a collection of illustrated short stories and they are disturbing, made worse by the picture, like the Boy who
always sucks his thumb, then a tailor comes around and cuts the boy's thumbs off with a scissor. They showed it as a picture complete with blood.
Another story is about a girl who plays with matches - in the end she burns to death because of it.
I guess in some way that book was created to teach Children not to play with Fire, not to play with Guns, don't do 'bad things' but with the
illustrations it just becomes a very creepy book.
Max and Moritz, though i think this was written for adults as it features really black humour. Nonetheless it's popular here in Germany to give that
book to children. Max and Moritz are two kids who play pranks, in the beginning it's harmless stuff like stealing roasted chicken. Later the pranks
become more violent and black humor takes over. In the end they both die a gruesome death at a mill, as they are ground to pieces and eaten by ducks.
Looking at it, i think our german writers overall wrote some of the most horrific, creepy stories for Children. Brothers Grimm and their storlies
like The Pied Piper of Hamelin or Hansel and Gretel are a good example.