Arno Stern

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Arno Stern
Stern in the Closlieu on Rue Falguière, Paris
Born (1924-06-23) June 23, 1924 (age 99)
Kassel, Hesse, Germany
  • Pedagogue
  • Researcher
SpouseMichéle Stern
Children2 sons; Bertrand Stern (* 1948) and André Stern (* 1971)
1 daughter; Eléonore Stern (* 1978 or '79)
WebsitePersonal website

Arno Stern (born June 23, 1924) is a German-born French pedagogue and researcher.


Stern was born on June 23, 1924, in Kassel, Hesse, Germany. He attended a school there for three years before emigrating to France with his parents after Hitler came to power. After the outbreak of World War II, the family continued to flee to Switzerland. Together with around 300 other refugees, Stern spent his youth there in a makeshift factory building until the end of the war. During this internment period, the refugees were looked after by aid agencies that provided them with books, including about art history. He was a refugee for 12 years.[1] Stern also used his limited free time to draw in these years. After years of internment and statelessness, Stern returned to France with his family after the war and became a French citizen.[2]

He has a spouse named Michéle Stern[1] as well as two sons (Bertrand Stern[3] (born 1948) and André Stern[4] (born 1971)) and a daughter (Elénore Stern (born 1978 or 1979[2])). His first son, Bertrand, went to school but didn't like it there,[5] which is why his later born children were unschooled.[6][7][8]

Over time, the media became aware of Stern's work. He was interviewed several times, reports were made and he wrote articles about his work.[9]

UNESCO also became aware of Stern and delegated him as an expert to the first international congress on art education in Bristol. On September 9, 2019, Stern was honored by UNESCO and the Paris-Sorbonne University.[10][11]


  • Der Malort. With Eléonore Stern (images). Daimon, Einsiedeln 1998, ISBN 3-85630-573-4.
  • Die natürliche Spur. Wenn die Mal-Lust nicht zu Werken führt. Verlag Mit Kindern wachsen, Freiburg 2001; La traccia naturale: quando il piacere di dipingere non si trasforma in opera, Luni, Milano 1997, ISBN 88-7984-074-6 OCLC 797609530 (Italian).
  • Das Malspiel und die natürliche Spur. Malort, Malspiel und die Formulation. Drachen Verlag, Klein Jasedow 2005, ISBN 3-927369-14-4: Neuausgabe 2012, ISBN 978-3-927369-14-6.
  • Die Expression. Der Mensch zwischen Kommunikation und Ausdruck. Classen, Zürich 1994, ISBN 3-7172-0268-5; Klotz, Eschborn 2008, ISBN 978-3-88074-023-5.
  • With André Stern: Mein Vater, mein Freund – das Geheimnis glücklicher Söhne. Zabert-Sandmann, München 2011, ISBN 978-3-89883-291-5.
  • (As publisher), mit Herbert Kalmann: Erinnerungen an Europa. 1933 - 1949. SichVerlag, Magdeburg 2012. ISBN 978-3-942503-17-4.
  • Wie man Kinderbilder nicht betrachten soll. Zabert-Sandmann, München 2012, ISBN 978-3-89883-328-8.
  • Die Spur. Gewesenes Kindsein. Klotz, Magdeburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-88074-395-3.
  • Das Malspiel und die Kunst des Dienens. Die Wiederentdeckung des Spontanen. Drachen, Klein Jasedow 2015, ISBN 978-3-927369-92-4.
  • Das Malspiel und das Leben. Erinnerungen, Betrachtungen, Fragmente. Drachen, Klein Jasedow 2018, ISBN 978-3-947296-05-7.


  • André Stern: Und ich war nie in der Schule: Geschichte eines glücklichen Kindes, Kindle Edition, Zabert Sandmann, München 2011; Lizenzausgabe: Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau, 2013, ISBN 978-3-451-06552-1 (with André Stern)



  1. ^ a b › 2016/09PDF Familie Stern – Brigitte Women - Malort Mitte
  2. ^ a b Herbert Kalmann: Erinnerungen an Europa. 1933 - 1949, hrsg. v. Arno Stern, Sich-Verlag, Magdeburg 2012, S. 7f
  3. ^ "Sternstunde mit Bertrand Stern". Kinderwärts (in German). 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  4. ^ Mein Vater, mein Freund – das Geheimnis glücklicher Söhne. Zabert-Sandmann, München 2011, ISBN 978-3-89883-291-5
  5. ^ "Sternstunde mit Bertrand Stern". Kinderwärts (in German). 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  6. ^ "André Stern - Home". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  7. ^ "Interview with Grown Unschooler Andre Stern". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  8. ^ "Erziehungskunst – Waldorfpädagogik heute: Die Schule nach der Schule". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  9. ^ Olivier Keller: Denn mein Leben ist Lernen. Wie Kinder aus eigenem Antrieb die Welt erforschen, Mit-Kindern-Wachsen, Freiamt im Schwarzwald 1999, ISBN 3-933020-06-9, S. 21 f
  10. ^ "Liste des patronages accordés par la Commission nationale française pour l'UNESCO". La France à l’UNESCO.
  11. ^ "La trace de la mémoire organique – sous le patronage UNESCO". Painting Room Basel.
  12. ^ "Das Alphabet der Menschheit", Der Spiegel, 2 June 2008, no. 23, pp. 172ff

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