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The Source:

Bernhard Stern:
"Medizin, Aberglaube und Geschlechtsleben in der Türkey - mit Berücksichtigung der moslemischen Nachbarländer und der ehemaligen Vasallenstaaten"
Verlag H. Barsdorf, Berlin, 1903

The Case:

"Im Morgenblatt vom 8. November 1899, in der Rubrik der kleinen Chronik, brachte die "Neue Freie Presse" einen aus Budapest gesandten Beitrag zur Bekämpfung der Diphtheritis: Um die in der Gemeinde Krassova des Krasso-Szörenyer Komitates ausgebrochene Epidemie zu vertreiben, gruben die rumänischen Bauern des Ortes nachts gleich dreissig Leichen aus und zerstückelten sie."

which more or less translates into:

"In the 'Morgenblatt' of 8 November, 1899, in the section 'der kleinen Chronik', the 'Neue Frei Presse' brought us a contribution from Budapest, about the battle against Diphteria: in the community of Krassova in the Krasso-Szöreny district, in order to stop the epidemic, the Romanian peasants of the place - during the night - dug up 30 corpses and hacked them to pieces."

The Date:

The report dates back to the year of 1899.

The Place:

Krassova is now called Carasova and the district Krasso-Szöreny is now called Caras-Severin. The town of Carasova can be found in the Southern West of Romania, not very far from the Serbian border.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go and read Hellwig's version of this case. Try to find the article in the "Morgenblatt" and see if you can think of other ways to learn more about this case.

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed March 2012

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