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Wolfgang Grimmer's Books

    Episode 40 (Vol.10 Ch.78): In Dresden, Wolfgang Grimmer travels to a local nursery home. He is allowed by the principle to copy the old archives regarding data about the welfare system of former East Germany. Grimmer claims to be a freelance journalist, who in fact, investigates about child abuse and psychologically reprogramming and promises that he will write an article that will bring the truth to light. Grimmer also says that the next location where he heads is Prague, in Czech Republic…

    In the manga, the old archives looked like a bunch of folders with unreadable squiggles on them; in the anime, they were replaced with books for some reason. My target was to encrypt their titles.

 


    Grimmer is reading the article "Z Pelhřimova k pitné vodě" dedicated to the Želivka River – the key drinking-water source for Prague-Capital and Central Bohemian regions. It was published in Hospodářské noviny, August 10, 2004. As you already know, Hospodářské noviny is a daily newspaper in Prague, the Czech Republic.
    The first episode of the anime was aired April 6, 2004; and the episode 40 – February 1, 2005.

 


    Although we clearly saw it was the newspaper article, in the next frame, Grimmer holds a book, which I defined as "Schuldrecht" by Wolfgang Fikentscher, de Gruyter Lehrbuch (publisher), 1991.
    The term "Schuldrecht" translates as "the law of obligations"; in other words, it’s a textbook on obligations (contracts, quasi contracts, torts, and remedies). It’s author, Wolfgang Fikentscher was a well-known German jurist and legal anthropologist.

    Now, let’s take a look at the books on the table. The violet one seems especially interesting.

 


    Is it an angel surrounded by kids, or a mortal woman surrounded by cherubs? I saw wings, but it’s hard to say for sure. Then, I noticed a book in her hands.
A collection of fairy tales (ger.: Märchen)? Or an old ABC-book (ger.: ABC-Buch)?

    ABC-Buch für kleine und grosse Kinder (Abecedarium for Children Young and Old) by Robert Reinick and Ferdinand Hiller; Georg Wigand’s Verlag (publisher), Leipzig, 1845. You can read it here.
    Robert Reinick was a German painter and poet, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He wrote primarily for children.

 


    The other books are no less strange. The red one has a word "Gänse" in it’s title, which translates as "geese" – a guide to raising the home flock, maybe. And the green and the lilac ones are, in fact, the same book: "Biologické principy ochrany přírody" (Essentials of Conservation Biology) by Richard B. Primack, Pavel Kindlmann, Jana Jersáková.