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Ravensburger struggles with accusations of racism

Ramon Schneider
23.08.2022

Ravensburger published three books to accompany the cinema film "Der junge Häuptling Winnetou". After fierce criticism on social media, the publisher is now no longer delivering them.

Next month, the new film version of Karl May's Winnetou will be released in Swiss cinemas: "Der junge Häuptling Winnetou". To match the film, Ravensburger launched three children's books under the same name a few weeks ago. Shortly after the books appeared on the market, fierce criticism arose on social media against the German game publisher. The books are racist and celebrate stereotypes from the time of colonialism. Ravensburger recently responded to the accusations by announcing on Instagram that the books would be withdrawn from its programme.

«We have been following all the negative feedback about our book "The Young Chief Winnetou" and we have decided today to stop shipping the titles and remove them from the programme.»
Instagram Ravensburger

After Ravensburger communicated this step, it again hailed criticism in the social networks. This time, however, from the opposite camp. They accuse Ravensburg of practising censorship.

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou: The Book to the Film (THiLO, German)

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou: The Book to the Film

THiLO, German

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou - For First Readers: The First Reading Book to the Film (THiLO, German)

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou - For First Readers: The First Reading Book to the Film

THiLO, German

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou: Sticker Book to the Film (Stefanie Hahn, German)

Ravensburger The Young Chief Winnetou: Sticker Book to the Film

Stefanie Hahn, German

Currently we still carry the books in our shop. But since Ravensburger is no longer delivering any more copies, they will soon disappear from our assortment as well. . Source cover: derjungewinnetou-film.de

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