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The Source:

Dieter Sturm & Klaus Völker:
"Von denen Vampiren oder Menschensaugern"
Carl Hanser Verlag, München, Germany, 1985

Klaus Hamberger
"Mortuus Non Mordet"
Verlag Turia & Kant, Vienna, 1992

The Case:

This, more or less, is what we learn:

In the village of Hotzenplotz, in Silesia, the dead often return from their graves. They go to their relatives, eat and drink with them, and even sleep with their former wives or husbands. If strangers pass through the village around the time when they leave their graves, they follow them and jump on their back. They like to torment the living and the animals as well. It often happens that all the dogs run out of the village and don't return until the dead have returned to their graves.

The Date:

No date is given for the alleged events. Sturm and Völker give us a book from 1736 as their source: Tharsander: "Schauplatz vieler ungereymter Meinungen und Erzehlungen". Hamberger has unearthed an earlier mention in a letter from 1732.

The Place:

Hozeploz or Hotzenplotz is a place in the Czech Republic, which is now called Osoblaha. It can be found North of Olomouc (Olmütz) right on the Polish border.

Possible Follow-Up:

Check out the books mentioned above. I have seen reference to Hotzenplotz in several other books about vampires. Go see if they have any new information to add. Go find Tharsander's book and see what he has to say.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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