Carme Solé Vendrell
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.