christmas.jpgIf you run out of ideas for a special Christmas or New Year gift for children, get hold of a unique cartoon calendar from Germany. It is nothing commonplace or ordinary. Among other festive-looking cartoons, it depicts a serial killer, Fritz Haarmann, under a tree with Santa Claus giving out presents to children nearby. A hatchet was placed ominously next to the door. The notorious murderer killed 24 young men and boys in the 1920s and was beheaded in 1925.

The darkness of the macabre crime strikes a chord featured alongside the innocent cartoon drawings of children. Proceeds from the sale go to a charity for children with cancer. The popular and top-selling calendar may raise more than just funds for the charity; it creates awareness about the rising rate of pedophile and children’s crime in an increasingly dark and sinister world. It is commercial art imbued with a social message.