The Mischief Makers

The Mischief Makers by D Mirayev (No date, the author’s name a pseudonym, the publishing house well known but all documentation lost)

Introduced by Marijana Dworski, of Marijana Dworski Books 

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An afternoon’s research has taught me that this pretty and, at first glance, innocuous children’s book has a tragic, but of course, not uncommon, back story.

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Published by Yaakov Bloch of the Russian -Jewish publishing house ‘Petropolis’ in Berlin, ‘Prokazniki’ was written by his sister, the poet Raisa Bloch probably around 1931.

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Children’s book it may be, but the goose-stepping little boy and an ending depicting the little girl moving her possessions to a new home mirror the times.

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Petropolis moved to Brussels in 1933, Raisa moved that year to Paris but perished in Ravensbruck in 1943.

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