Freiburg (dpa / lsw) – It’s a project with a heart: prisoners in Freiburg can record bedtime stories for their children and have them sent. This is made possible by the city’s Catholic prison chaplaincy. Due to the corona pandemic, visits to the Freiburg correctional facility are hardly possible and only possible under distance and hygiene rules. The project should be an anchor for both sides of the prison walls – and in time for Christmas, as the Catholic Church in Freiburg announced on Wednesday.
It works like this: Imprisoned fathers read out books that are recorded with a dictation machine, burned onto a CD and sent to their daughters and sons. The fathers can even paint the CD case themselves. “The fathers are incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” said prison chaplain Martin Vrana, who is recording the audio books. Fathers of children between the ages of 3 and 12 contact him when they want to record an audio book. 22 fathers would have already done that.
From Pippi Longstocking to Janosch to special text requests from children or fathers, everything was included. “That is very emotional, because many fathers also send very loving greetings to their children or sing something to them”, says Vrana. The idea for this comes from Great Britain.
There are similar reading projects in Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin.