Quotation by Christoph Meckel

Punishment followed on a grand scale. For ten days, an unconscionable length of time, my father blessed the palms of his child's outstretched, four-year-old hands with a sharp switch. Seven strokes a day on each hand; that makes one hundred forty strokes and then some. This put an end to the child's innocence.
Christoph Meckel (20th century), German author. As quoted in For Your Own Good by Alice Miller, "Poisonous Pedagogy" (1983).
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