Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days

Collected Utopian Tales / New and Revised Edition

  • Jack Zipes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

  3. Learning from Mistakes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Kurt Schwitters
      Pages 29-32
    3. Edwin Hoernle
      Pages 37-40
    4. Edwin Hoernle
      Pages 51-53
    5. Joachim Ringelnatz
      Pages 55-57
    6. Joachim Ringelnatz
      Pages 59-63
    7. Hermynia zur Mühlen
      Pages 65-69
    8. Hermynia zur Mühlen
      Pages 71-79
    9. Béla Balázs
      Pages 81-83
    10. Bruno Schönlank
      Pages 85-90
    11. Eugen Lewin-Dorsch
      Pages 91-101
  4. Kings, Tyrants, Misers and Other Fools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Maria Szucsich
      Pages 105-110
    3. Robert Grötzsch
      Pages 111-117
    4. Robert Grötzsch
      Pages 119-125
    5. Oskar Maria Graf
      Pages 127-131
    6. Oskar Maria Graf
      Pages 133-138
    7. Heinrich Schulz
      Pages 139-143
    8. Anna Mosegaard
      Pages 145-152
  5. Animal Wisdom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Robert Grötzsch
      Pages 155-160
    3. Edwin Hoernle
      Pages 161-164
    4. Edwin Hoernle
      Pages 165-167
    5. Felix Fechenbach
      Pages 169-171
    6. Felix Fechenbach
      Pages 173-175
    7. Felix Fechenbach
      Pages 177-179
  6. Freedom Through Solidarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Hermynia zur Mühlen
      Pages 193-198
    3. Kurt Schwitters
      Pages 199-200
    4. Heinrich Schulz
      Pages 201-204
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-250

About this book


This book is a collection of traditional German fairy tales and fables, deliberately transformed into utopian narratives and social commentary by political activists in the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). Against a backdrop of financial and political instability, widespread homelessness, and the reformation of public institutions, numerous gifted writers such as Berta Lask, Kurt Schwitters, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Oskar Maria Graf, Bruno Schönlank, and Joachim Ringelnatz responded to the need for hope among the common people by creating fairy tales and fables that offered a new and critical vision of social conditions. Though many of their tales deal with the grim situation of common people and their apparent helplessness, they are founded on the principle of hope. This revised edition includes over 50 illustrations by contemporary international artists who reveal how similar the Weimar conditions were to the conditions in which we presently live. In this respect, the Weimar fairy tales and fables have not lost their spirit and significance.


Kurt Schwitters Oskar Maria Graf Hermynia Zur Mühlen Social commentary Political activism Nazi Germany Interwar

Editors and affiliations

  • Jack Zipes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolis, MNUSA

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