Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Hani - A Gerrman Childhood 1925-1938

(Picture by  Hans Braxmeier via Pixabay)

Hani is a completely made up character.  Below are some of the ideas that helped to shape her.  
Can you imagine what it must have been like for money to keep changing value? How much shopping you would have to do in one go?
Can you produce a spread sheet to show money changing in value rapidly? And how would that affect the way you spent it?
What would be the most sensible things to buy?

Stuttgart, a town surrounded by woods and countryside  

Stuttgart is one of the towns built on seven hills. There are areas of woodland. In Bad Canstatt there was an open air swimming pool which got its water from the Mombach spring nearby. Stuttgart can be very warm in summer and gets plenty of snow in the winter. Hani and her friends would live though all four seasons.   
 How does this compare with where you lived when you were a young child?  


The school in Stuttgart

In the stories, Hani is not getting on well in her school. Her mother meets Clara Lehrs and decides to send Hani to the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart.  
Steiner education:
  • Works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion;
  • Takes account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual;
  • Is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development;
  • Develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school;
  • Sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning;
Does your school do this?  How well does it do this? Give examples.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Käthe Edler Becoming English

German? Jewish? English?


Käthe had to obtain a visa to exit Germany and another one to enter England.   
She had to leave most of her property behind. She could not bring much money with her.
In order to obtain a visa for England she would have to have a job. 

Imagine Käthe applying for a job as a domestic helper. (This was actually the job that she obtained.) What would she write in her letter? Remember she had experience as a wife, mother and scientist.  She could also drive.     

German Jews in London

Käthe settled in north London. There was quite a vibrant group of German Jews living there.  This would be useful to her as she didn’t speak English all that well at first. Just like her daughter Renate she was unsure of her identity.  Was she German Jewish or English? 

However, Käthe had no firm religious belief and neither was she submerged in the Jewish culture. How might she have made friends with English people?   Create a short scene to show this. 

A shared London experience

London was not an easy place to live in during World War II. Search for details of London bombings. 

Write a letter from Käthe to Renate about what it was like during the blitz and how she had shared this experience with English people.