"One Christmas there was a play by Hans Sachs that the school master directed."

Hans Sachs
Public DomainHans Sachs - Credit: Hugo B├╝rkner
Born to a tailor in Nuremberg, poet and playwright Hans Sachs (1494-1576) trained as a shoemaker before becoming one of Germany's mastersingers ('Meistersinger'). He produced more than 6,000 works during his lifetime.