HANSI

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Illustrator, Cartoonist, Scriptwriter of comics, Soldier in the First World War

FrenchBorn Jean Jacques WALTZ

French illustrator

Born on February 23, 1873 in Colmar (Haut-Rhin) , France

Died on June 10, 1951 in Colmar (Haut-Rhin) , France

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Jean-Jacques Waltz (23 February 1873, Colmar – 10 June 1951), also known as "Oncle Hansi", or simply "Hansi" ("little John") was a French artist of Alsatian origin. He was a staunch pro-French activist, and is famous for his quaint drawings, some of which contain harsh critiques of the Germans of the time. He was also a French hero of both the First and the Second World Wars.

...   Jean-Jacques Waltz (23 February 1873, Colmar – 10 June 1951), also known as "Oncle Hansi", or simply "Hansi" ("little John") was a French artist of Alsatian origin. He was a staunch pro-French activist, and is famous for his quaint drawings, some of which contain harsh critiques of the Germans of the time. He was also a French hero of both the First and the Second World Wars.


Biography


Early life
Jean-Jacques Waltz was born in Colmar the 23 February 1873, two years after the annexation of Alsace by the German Empire following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1.
He worked as an artist for the textile industry, and drew postcards and programmes for local events. He started publishing satirical works in 1908 under the pseudonym "Hansi", making particular fun of German tourists.


First satirical works and First World War
Hansi became famous with his polemical satiric work Professor Knatschke (1912), which became a best-seller in France, as well as several other militant works. He came to incarnate the symbol of pro-French Alsatians, especially among "revanchist" French intellectuals such as Maurice Barrès.
Hansi was imprisoned several times by the German authorities for making fun of the German military and professors, culminating in a one-year sentence given by the tribunal of Leipzig in July 1914. This caused a national outrage in France, making headlines in newspapers and inspiring two editorials by Clemenceau.
Hansi eventually escaped to France, having crossed the frontier at the Schlucht on 14 July and arriving in Belfort, where he joined the military as a translator-officer when the First World War broke out.


Late life
In 1940, Hansi, still wanted by the Gestapo for his militant works and his treason of 1914, had to flee into Vichy, France. He was attacked by the Nazis in Agen, and fled to Switzerland.
Badly wounded because of this attack, he remained weak until he died in 1951.


Legacy
Hansi is now archetypal of Alsace folklore. His original books, published in a few thousand copies, are valued among collectors. It is very common to find plates and every-day items decorated with his drawings. His books have been republished several times.


Works
Professor Knatschke
Le voyage d'Erika en Alsace Française
L'Histoire d'Alsace Racontée aux Petits Enfants d'Alsace et de France par l'Oncle Hansi
Mon Village, ceux qui n'oublient pas
L' Alsace Heureuse
Le Paradis Tricolore
A travers les lignes ennemies
L'Alsace
Colmar en France
Colmar, guide illustré des champs de bataille
Les clochers dans les Vignes
Au pied de la Montagne Ste Odile
La fresque de Geispolsheim et autres balivernes
La merveilleuse Histoire du bon Saint Florentin
Les armes des villes et des communes 80 documents héraldiques dessinés et commentés par JJ Waltz
Les armes des tribus et des corporations et emblèmes des artisans
Les armes des nobles et des bourgeois
Souvenir d'un annexé récalcitrant


Honours
Commandor of the Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 with palms
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with palms


External links
Professor Knatschke
(in French) Vie et oeuvre de Hansi (life and works of Hansi)
(in French) L'histoire d'Alsace recontée aux petits enfants par l'Oncle Hansi (History of Alsace told to children by Uncle Hansi), one of Hansi's major works available online.
Jean-Jacques Waltz at Find a GraveThe House of Uncle Hansi



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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