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Der Rattenfänger von Hameln

Published: December 13, 1901

The tale of Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (a German saga also known in the United States as "The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin") tells the story of a German town called Hameln that was overrun with rats. One day, a man with a magical pipe -- the Rattenfänger -- came to town, and was able to lure all of the rats into a nearby lake by playing them music. But when the Bürgermeister (mayor) of Hameln would not pay the Rattenfänger, the Rattenfänger refused to work ... letting all the Ratten go! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Die Ratten!"]Die Ratten![/caption] Fortunately, the Ratten of Hameln love to sing. When they are encircled by a group of villagers singing a song, the Ratten magically cooperate and come willingly to the jail! Some of the songs we heard tonight were: "Mach die Augen zu," "Bananenboogie," "Mein Haus ist klein," "Papagei," and "Bossanova." [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Eine Ratte wird gefangen!"]Eine Ratte wird gefangen![/caption] It's not always so easy being a Rattenfänger, though, because there tend to be break-outs ... You can see more pictures from this Abendprogramm (evening program) on our Flickr page!