©Herma Kennel: When comics learned to walk. The animated film pioneer Wolfgang Kaskeline between the art of advertising and propaganda. be.bra Verlag
Berlin, 2020

When comics learned to walk. The animated film pioneer Wolfgang Kaskeline between the art of advertising and propaganda

Herma Kennel
Author and painter, Berlin

„I loved the genius of Wolfgang Kaskeline. At first I didn't really know how famous he was. He was mysterious, extravagant and extremely, extremely pleasant. He was a man who kept a secret and knew how to keep his distance ." S. 5

Uta von Kardorff, née von Witzleben, fellow student of Ruth Baumgarte and employee of Wolfgang Kaskeline


„In June 1941, an 18-year-old student introduced herself to him as a new draftsman. Ruth Kellner, as her name is, has been studying at the State University of Fine Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburg since the summer semester of 1941. She is the daughter of the actress Margarethe Kellner-Conrady. Her father Kurt Rupli is an actor, director, screenwriter and film producer, including for Ufa. Ruth Kellner's family background impresses Kaskeline and corresponds to his ideas of ideal prerequisites for an artistic career. And he will not be disappointed. Ruth Kellner settles in quickly, she is highly motivated, committed, reliable and becomes one of his most important employees.“ p. 139

After massive reprisals by the Epoche-Reklame-Gesellschaft against Wolfgang Kaskeline, he submitted his resignation in 1941 despite his successful work. In return, concessions are made to him.

"Wolfgang Kaskeline gives in and declares - in the hope of a better cooperation - to remain ready. He also takes this step in order not to lose his employees, especially not one of his most important draftsmen: Ruth Kellner, who studies in the summer semester as well as now in the winter semester 1941/42 at the State University of Fine Arts. Here she meets her fellow student Eduard Busse, who is nine years her senior, and whom she will marry in August 1943.“ p. 142

„Wolfgang Kaskeline depends on the collaboration of Edith Jacobi. Ruth Kellner was committed to the Reich Labor Service in Lauenburg in Pomerania in the summer semester of 1943. A hard blow for Kaskeline, who temporarily has to do without one of his best draftsmen. Ruth Kellner returned to Berlin in mid-August 1943, where she married Eduard Busse on August 17th. She has to return to the labor service by autumn.“ p. 152

„Ruth Busse is back in Berlin in the winter semester of 1943/1944. She takes courses at the university and works regularly in one of the studios for Kaskeline.“ p. 154

„Ruth Bussen decides [1944] to continue studying at the State Industrial and Applied Arts School in Sonneberg, Thuringia. She finally has to say goodbye to Wolfgang Kaskeline.

Ruth Busse, enrolled as a visiting student at the Kunstgewerbeschule Sonneberg, loves her new place of residence. Her parents once met in Sonneberg, her then 22-year-old father was a theater director, and her mother was employed at the city theater. But the Kunstgewerbeschule Sonneberg will be closed due to the war at the end of the summer semester. After a short stay in Dresden, Ruth Busse returned to her mother in Berlin-Karlshorst and applied to continue her studies at the Dresden Art Academy. In autumn she receives the rejection because "all art schools are closed until further notice.“ p. 164

„Wolfgang Kaskeline plans to realize his „Walzermärchen“ [waltz fairy tale] by the end of 1944. (...) In order to meet the deadline, Wolfgang Kaskeline applies to hire more employees. The departure of Ruth Busse still pains him, she was one of his most talented draftsmen. “ p. 166

 „Ruth Baumgarte, who was obliged to “do another war mission”, survived the bombardment [on Berlin on 3.2.1945] at her new place of work, in a bunker in the government district, where she had to make plans with trained cartographers. After the all-clear, those seeking protection rush outside wearing gas masks. It is dark there. Public transport has been largely destroyed. Ruth Busse has to walk more than nine hours through the destroyed city to get to Karlshorst to see her mother, who also survived the inferno unharmed." p. 175