The Brothers Grimm left a fairy-tale mark on Hanau
Hanau is a smallish German city that has long been in the shadow of the bigger, shinier Frankfurt, just downstream on the Main River.
It was, for decades, home to thousands of American servicemembers and their families. It was once a refuge for religious immigrants who found the city more welcoming than Frankfurt. It had a thriving Jewish community that was extinguished by the Nazis before and during World War II. And like many German cities, it was destroyed during that conflict.
What Hanau is best known for, however, is as the birthplace of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The famous fairy tale collectors didn’t live here for long, but they left their mark on the city.
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