Der Rattenfänger von Hameln
Published: June 17, 2009The German saga Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (known in English as "The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin") tells the story of a town called Hameln that was infested with rats! One day, a man who called himself the Rattenfänger came and used a magical flute to lure all of the town's rats into a nearby lake. But when the Bürgermeister (mayor) of Hameln refused to pay the Rattenfänger, the rats came back and the Rattenfänger refused to work! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Die Ratten in Waldsee!"][/caption] Fortunately, the Ratten are also easily lured into a prison when groups of villagers encircle them and sing them a song. Rats love to sing and dance! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Eine Ratte wird gefangen!"][/caption] Of course, life as a newly minted Rattenfänger isn't always easy -- sometimes there are breakouts! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180" caption="Ausbruch!"][/caption] To see more pictures of this Abendprogramm (evening program), visit our Flickr page!