On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the author Hanna Schott read from her children's book "Fritzi war dabei" to an audience of Primary School pupils from the German 3rd, 4th and 5th years on the 10th October 2014,.
It is one of the first children's books that deals with the theme of the Berlin Wall. Hanna Schott was a bookseller before she studied music, Roman languages and theology and had worked for many years as a copy editor in a publishing house.
Today she travels and writes as a freelance author. She lives in Haan in the Rhineland. She wrote "Fritzi war dabei" on demand of in the "Leipzig People's Daily" newspaper and a conversation with the former pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Christian Führer. She had volunteered and was awarded the task from the New Leipzig Klett Children's Book publishing house to document the events of the peaceful revolution for children in a book. After thorough research and many interviews with eyewitnesses thoroughly realistic documentation emerged, describing the events in the GDR life in the period from the first day of school after the summer holidays until the Fall of the Wall on the night of November 9 itself. Names were, of course, changed and a fictitious family was invented, the daughter of which, Fritzi, describes experiences from her personal point of view.
In her book "Fritzi war dabei", Hanna Schott succeeds excellently to draw attention to the growing grievances in everyday life of the family in Leipzig, social ills that even adults can no longer imagine when they think of the Fall of the Wall and the peaceful Monday demonstrations. A lot of people simply disappeared already at the start of school on September 1 or did not return from their holiday in Hungary, to name but a few occurrences. Classmates were missing, teachers went into hiding and were never seen again, a surgery at the hospital had to be cancelled and rescheduled because the doctor did no longer appear in hospital. The baker's shop had suddenly been closed. For Fritzi it is one mystery after another. To the great displeasure of her father, her mother regularly went to the Monday demonstrations. He preferred not to out of fear of being arrested. On the night of the Fall of the Wall, however, he took the Trabant car of his colleagues and together with his two children they drove to the grandmother who lives in Munich. They could not wait to surprise her, what they then logically succeeded in doing to a high degree. The next day, Fritzi even got her eagerly desired Barbie doll. With her humorous, child-suitable explanations and stories, Hanna Schott mesmerized especially the year 4 and 5 pupils, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the events and their implications on everyday life in the GDR and the time before the Wall fell.
The young audience was thrilled. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the author for her visit to our school and for her lively and cheerful book presentation.