Monday, November 19, 2012

Visit the Grimm Brothers


When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
C.S. Lewis

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.
Audrey Hepburn

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Albert Einstein


St. Matthäus-Kirchhof


I recently started reading the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales in the original German, and they're anything but sweet and gentle bedtime stories. Unlike the sanitized Disney versions, the Grimm stories are scary, antisemitic, chauvinistic, and often violent. The tales depict some of our less admirable qualities. Yet, they're part of the western canon that take the reader on a path of mystery and adventure. 

The Grimm Brothers, Wilhelm and Jacob, buried
alongside other family members
Coincidentally  the Grimm Brothers are buried at the Alter St. Matthäus-Kirchhof in Kreuzberg. This landmark cemetery is also one of Berlin's most beautiful outdoor green spaces with many opulent and creative headstones and memorials.

Created in 1856, St. Matthäus is the final resting place for many of Berlin's famous 19th and early 20th century bourgeoisie, including the Grimm Brothers and the physician Ruldolf Virchow. There are also memorials to AIDS victims and Nazi resistance fighters. Unlike many of Berlin's older graveyards, St. Matthäus is still a working cemetery with many new and imaginative headstones. There's a small cafe, and even an area dedicated to bee husbandry. Located near S-Bahn Yockerstraße, St. Matthäus is an outdoor sculpture museum housing some very famous people. 
Certainly A Man of Learning


I Love This Headstone!












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