German children wish for peace at Easter -- in their own families

23rd March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Hans-Hermann Dunker and his team have been busy answering the 40,000 letters from as far afield as Namibia and Australia.

Berlin -- Germany's "Easter Bunny Bureau" has received tens of thousands of Easter letters from children in Germany and abroad, many of them calling for peace.
Former postman Hans-Hermann Dunker and his team have been busy answering the 40,000 letters from as far afield as Namibia and Australia, all addressed to the Easter Bunny - or "Hanni Hase."

"We've been overwhelmed by the flood of letters," Dunker said on Good Friday. "Last year it was 31,500."

The Easter Bunny Bureau is in Ostereistedt, a small town with just under 1,000 inhabitants in the state of Lower Saxony. The name translates as "Easter Egg Town."

Dunker said schools and kindergartens were sending more mail than before.

"We are becoming better known by the year. A few days ago there was a camera team from Ukraine here."

The bureau receives letters, cards, poems and pictures, with the children wishing for chocolate eggs and other material things – gift giving at Easter is becoming increasingly popular in Germany.

Dunker says the letters often contain wishes for peace - peace in the geopolitical sense and peace within the family.

DPA with Expatica

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