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The Sources:

Carus Sterne :
"Der Vampyrschrecken im neunzehnten Jahrhundert"
in: "Die Gartenlaube", Leipzig, 1873

The Case:

Somewhere in this extremely interesting and informative article, the author Carus Sterne mentions a case that had recently been published in a newspaper from Temesvar :

In the village of Belotincz there had been an outbreak of cholera which had already made a number of victims. The fear of death inspired the peasants to take drastic measures. They went to the churchyard and disinterred eleven people who had died of the cholera. With the help of a "Hexenmeister" who had specially been hired for the occasion, the hearts of the corpses were removed. After the sorcerer had put some spell on the hearts, they were distributed among the villagers as medication to protect them from the cholera. In the nearby village of Petirs, people were having the same problems and also wanted to seek the help of the sorcerer. But fortunately the man was arrested before he could do any further harm.

The Date:

According to Sterne's article, the article in the "Temesvarer Zeitung"was published in 1873.

The Place:

The village of Belotincz is now called Belotints and can be found NorthEast of Temesvar that is now called Timisoara. The village of Petirs is now called Patars and is not very far from Belotints. As you may have guessed, all these places are located in Romania.

Possible Follow-Up:

I had not much trouble finding a copy of Sterne's "Der Vampyrschrecken im neunzehnten Jahrhundert". So I don't see any reason why you should not find it.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed December 2011

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