Youth was everything in 19th Century Germany

Last month we paid a visit to the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, checking one more thing off the list. This museum was designed by Daniel Libeskind and is fully dedicated to the amazing work of this Jewish painter who was killed in Auschwitz during the last months of the second World War. It is also part of the Osnabrück Museumsquartier, a group of exhibition halls aiming at promoting peace by providing information about the peoples and histories of the world.

In one of the other buildings of the quarter, the Villa Schlikker, I spotted this anonymous little comic. It’s more of a postcard-sized picture story, really, but it does shed some strange light on how Germany pre-WWI looked at life. Not only are church rituals and the military unmissable steps in the path of life, you only had to take time off to go wandering. And after you got married, things went pretty fast. Also, “life” is for men only, naturally.

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