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The Source:

Nikolaus Pol :
"Jahrbücher der Stadt Breslau"
in: "Zeitbücher der Schlesier", vol.III
herausgegeben von Dr. Johann Gustav Büsching
Johann Friedrich Korn dem Aelt, Breslau, 1819.


The Case:

This is what Nikolaus Pol reports:

"Von Michaelis bis auf Andreä sturben bei 2000 Menschen. Im währenden Sterben ward zu Groß Mochbar der Schäfer mit seinen Kleidern begraben, die er im Grabe gefressen, und wie ein Sau geschmatzet. Darum man ihn aufgegraben, die Kleider blutig in seinem Maul befunden, und ihm mit dem Grabescheit den Hals abgestochen, und der Kopf vor den Kirchhof geleget worden. Darauf es im Dorfe zu sterben aufgehöret."

Which more or less translates into the following:

"From Michaelis (= 29 September) until Andreastag (= 30 November) close to 2000 people died. While these deaths were going on a shepherd was buried in Groß Mochbar, together with his clothes, who has eaten in his grave and made smacking noises like a pig. Therefore they reopened the grave, found the blood-smeared clothes in his mouth, and chopped off his head with a spade, and put the head in front of the churchyard. After this, the deaths in the village came to an end."

The Date:

The item about Groß Mochbar had been entered under the year of 1516.

The Place:

Groß Mochbar has been renamed to Muchobor Wielkie which can be found close to and on the Westside of Wroclaw.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go find and read Nikolaus Pol's story of which you can find a reprint in the edition mentioned above. And if you want to do it properly, go find Pol's original writings. There is an old church in Muchobar Wielki, parts of which date back to the time of this case. There is an old churchyard next to it. I am more than happy to accept it as the place were things have happened.

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

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