My European Faces: Pippi Longstocking has united children worldwide. She’s Swedish & European

Pippilotta Rollgardinia Victualia Peppermint Longstocking, her monkey Mr. Nilsson, her horse & a suitcase full of gold doubloons move into the abandoned Villa Villekulla, She befriends two children in the neighborhood, and together they experience many adventures. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren was first published in 1945, the year in which World War II ended. Since then, it has been translated in 64 languages and has united children worldwide in their common needs for authenticity, freedom, creativity and competence. Pippi is Swedish & European.

My European Faces: Judith Kerr, beloved children’s books author, is Jewish, German, French, British and European

Judith Kerr gave us the book “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” — the story of a refugee child during WWII — among many other beloved children’s books. The sanguine writer, depicted here as a seven-year old, was born in 1923. When her father was asked, if he would not want to move back to France after the war, where the food was better, and his language skills superior, he purportedly replied: “Only if I can take all of the wonderful British people, that helped us so much, with me.” She is German, French, British and European.

My European Faces: Quasimodo, exploited creature, French, European

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939: Exploited creature, cruel mob, abuse of power, persecuted minority; the film is based on a book by Victor Hugo, a French writer, starring Sir Charles Laughton, a British actor, directed by William Dieterle, a German director, and filmed while Germany tried to subdue Europe. When Laughton heard the news that Great Britain had declared war on Germany, he rang the bells until he collapsed. Just another European story… 

My European Faces: Goddess Diana, Italian, European

Fierce huntress Diana, a Roman goddess, has essential character attributes that have been shaping Great Britain and Europe’s history for a very long time: Think Guinevere, Elisabeth I, Diane de Poitiers, Jeanne D’Arc or Lou Andreas-Salomé. Here, depicted in an early Renaissance style as an iconic figure, she is Italian and certainly also European.