Carme Solé Vendrell

Carme Solé Vendrell

La cruzada de los niños

La cruzada de los niños / Children's Crusade

Books for children and young readers , 2011


Text by Bertold Brecht. Illustrations by Carme Solé.

It probably really happened: in Poland in 1939, a desperate exodus of abandoned children in search of a place of peace.

Poles, Germans, Jews, no difference between them. Sisters as mothers, robbers of deserted farms, children as teachers; a first love trying to be born. And with them also a dog that they fed out of pity: together, as one body subjected to the test of war.

With Children's Crusade, Brecht recounts a childhood orphaned of parents, of references, of places, of roads to travel.

A hungry childhood, travelling to build a community based on strong ties, affection, and solidarity. Childhood as the first and main victim of every war.