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Pittiplatsch, also known as Pitti for short, is a German fictional kobold character who was very famous in East Germany, especially as a puppet character on children's television. He first appeared in 1962 in the television series Meister Nadelöhr erzählt, later renamed Zu Besuch im Märchenland. The character was co-created by the writers Ingeborg Feustel and Günther Feustel, the sculptor Emma-Maria Lange, and the puppeteer Heinz Schröder. The Pittiplatsch hand puppet was puppeteered and voiced by Heinz Schröder until his unexpected death in April 2009. Norbert Schwarz succeed Schröder as Pittiplatsch's puppeteer in 2009. In May 2010, it was reported that Christian Sengewald took over the role.