Are you all there? Did you recognize me?
Exactly, that’s me, the Hohnsteiner Kasper. You can’t tell that I’m already 93 years old, can you? I was born in 1928 in Hohnstein in Saxony, when my Master Max Jacob (1888-1967) moved from Hartenstein in the Ore Mountains to the castle in Hohnstein. From then on we called ourselves “Die Hohnsteiner” – and I as the main character became Hohnsteiner Kasper . Our journey around the world began from Hohnstein.
In the 20s and 30s everyone in Hohnstein knew our troop. In addition to the master, other players soon took part. They had learned puppetry in workshops with Max Jacob. In our small business enterprise there was the carver Theo Eggink (1901-1965). For the many pieces that Max Jacob wrote, he kept inventing new doll figures. Seamstresses like Elisabeth Grünwaldt (1871-1961) made costumes for the wooden dolls. There was also an office and from the mid-30s we even had a small shop in the Kasperhaus , which the Hohnstein mayor had built for us. You can still see the house today. It is right next to the Max Jacob Theater .