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Profile of the Day: Jacob Grimm

What was your favorite fairy tale growing up? On this day in 1785, Jacob Grimm was born in Hanau, Hesse-Kassel. As one half of the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and his brother, Wilhelm, collected and recorded German folklore, which they would later publish as Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Image: Jacob Grimm / Wikimedia Commons

In 1808, Jacob served as royal librarian for Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Influenced by the growing German Romantic movement, Jacob and Wilhelm spent many years collecting the oral stories of the region to preserve before they vanished. Many of these folktales continue to endure today, such as “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and many more.

How are you related to the Brothers Grimm? Explore their family tree and discover your connection!

View Jacob Grimm’s Geni Profile

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