Schultüte:

Welcome Back To School

Images of 'Schultüten', sometimes also referred to as 'Zuckertüten' bring back fond memories to anyone who started primary school in Germany and Austria at about the age of six. This tradition dates back to the early 1800s and is still going strong. To celebrate the first day of school, parents or grand-parents present children with beautifully decorated cardboard cones filled with toys, chocolates, sweets, school supplies and other surprises. 

 

Here are pictures of ten of our interviewees with their Schultüte (plus two bonus ones of archive director Dr Bea Lewkowicz and archive researcher Kristin Baumgartner).

 

This year, 2020, is different to other years. Children are returning to their schools after a five-month break (due to Covid-19) and they will have to get used to a new kind of school life. The ‘Schultüte’ tradition reminds us that we can celebrate going back to school, while acknowledging the anxieties and worries which pupils and their parents will be facing.   

Inge Ader

Inge Ader

IA: First day of school, 1924, with Schultüte. "The first day in school and I had a Schultüte with sweets. I was very proud. I was six years old."

Leslie Brent

Leslie Brent

LB: First day of school, 1931. "This picture was taken in 1931, when I was very nearly six years old, showing me going to the school for the first time. The Germans have this rather endearing custom of giving children on their first school day a huge cone full of goodies of one kind or another, including sweets and biscuits and that sort of thing. And it makes the first day of school something rather special."

Frank Bright

Frank Bright

FB: First day at school (Jewish Reform Gemeindeschule in Joachimsthaler street), Berlin, 1935. "The - sort of cardboard tube was filled with sweets, which was meant to make the first day at school sweeter. I don’t know why, because I rather liked the idea. I didn’t need it to be made sweeter, but I probably had the sweets after all. I would be six-and-a-half years old."

Hannelore Cohen

Hannelore Cohen

HC: First day of school, Chemnitz, ca 1936. "This is me aged 5 when I started school in Chemnitz and the cone I am carrying was called Zuckertutte. It was filled with sweets and other things used for school, pencil cases etc."

Abraham Feldman

Abraham Feldman

AF: With Schultute on first day at the Carlebach School, Leipzig, 1933

Gisela Feldman

Gisela Feldman

GF: Gisela (right) and sister Sonja Knepel, first day of school, Berlin, ca. 1930. "I’m on the right and on the first day at school our mothers met us with this little sort of witches’ hat full of sweets. And it was taken in Berlin."

Bob Kirk

Bob Kirk

RK: With Schultüte, first day of school, 1930. "This is a photograph of me on my first day at school with the traditional Zuckertüte – a dunce’s hat full of sweets - standing in the playground just outside our flat."

Max Milner

Max Milner

MM: First day of school. "Me, Maximilian Meisner, now Max Milner, on my very first school day in 1925, outside Jewish Primary School in Berlin, Fasanenstrasse."

Meta Roseneil

Meta Roseneil

MR: Meta holding a school cone (Schultüte) on her first day of school, Frankfurt am Main, 1937

Klara Sharp

Klara Sharp

KS: With Schultüte on her first day at school, Joachim Friedrichstraße, Berlin, 1928. "This is my first school day. I was six years old, in Berlin."

 
 
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