PROPAGANDA CHILDREN’S BOOK: L' Alsace Heureuse. La grande Pitie du Pays d'Alsace et son grand Bonheur racontes aux petits enfants par L ' Oncle Hansi avec quelques images tristes et beaucoup d' images gaies
A large format beautifully illustrated pro-French and anti-German propaganda children’s book was printed for children of Alsace, in 1919, after the region was annexed to France after WWI.
Author: Jean-Jacques WALTZ, nome de plume HANSI (1873 - 1951).
Place and Year: Paris: Floury. Printed by Ch. Bernard 1919.
Technique: Folio. 60 pp. with chromolithographed images within text,  with chromolithographed images within text, original blue linen binding with illustrated embossed cover, illustrated end-papers (Very Good, binding slightly worn and with light foxing).
[Happy Alsace. The great Misery of the Alsace Region and its Great Happiness related to little children by Uncle Hansi, with Some Sad Images and Lots of Happy Pictures]
This colourful, beautifully illustrated pro-Alsace and pro-French children’s book was made in 1919, after the end of WWI, when Alsace was annexed to France, and glorifies the region and its history. Germans, who controlled the region for decades, are on the other hand presented as humourless and cold foreigners, who were supressing the region with military methods.The book includes scenes from the recent history as well as portraits of the protagonists.
The book was made for children and is about the children of Alsace. It is dedicated to orphaned children, whose parents died fighting for France.
The book was written and illustrated by “Uncle Hansi”, which was a nom de plume of the Alsatian artist Jean-Jacques Waltz (1873 - 1951) from Colmar. Waltz was a pro-French activist, and a hero of both World Wars.