Dec 5, 2008

He is part of our History

It was exactly a year ago, when the Hanover tourist board issued this Advent calendar for children. Nothing really special about it, if not one figure depicted behind a tree at the left of the image. 
 

Yes, it is Fritz Haarmann, the cannibal killer from Hanover, with a meat cleaver in his hand:



Haarmann had already appeared in a similar calendar the year before, but nobody took notice. 

The 2007 calendar sold very well - the whole run of 20 000 copies was out before Christmas.  

Hans-Christian Nolte, head of the Hanover tourist board defended the idea of including the mass murderer in the calendar, saying: "He is part of our history. Even on guided tours the serial killer's story is told". 

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The killer disappeared from the 2008 version of the calendar. 

2 comments:

Angela said...

It's hard to tell his face. He looks like a normal guy holding a piece of newspaper on street.

The interesting part is that when questioned and criticised by others to put this notorious figure in their calendar, Hans-Christian Nolte and his company actually admited it and they did it on purpose. They want their homage secret and overt at the same time - maybe like the writer of this blog, who writes and advertises for this site but without leaving his real name on this blog:) Ha!

angela said...

I'm just kidding. Hope you don't mind.