WWW.SHROUDEATER.COM - The Vampires of Oschatz - GERMANY
Frank Winkelmann :
"Die Schwarzen Führer - Sachsen"
Eulen Verlag Harald Gläser, Freiburg i. Br., Germany, 1997
Heinz Rölleke :
"Das grosse deutsche Sagenbuch" 
Patmos Verlag, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2001
When the plague had reached Oschatz in 1552, a couple of guards were appointed to stay in the cemetery at night. They had to listen at the graves in case they could hear sounds that would indicate that the dead were chewing on their shrouds. If that was the case, the dead had turned into Nachzehrer, that had to be dug up again. The shrouds would be torn from their mouths and their heads would be chopped off with the help of a spade.
We have been given the year of 1552.
Oschatz can be found halfway between the towns of Leipzig and Dresden.
Sadly this report on the fear for Shroudeaters does not tell us if any Nachzehrer were discovered and taken care of in Oschatz. Which makes me fear that it can hardly be called a case. Having said that, I think it is an interesting tale, too good to leave it unmentioned. And what better place to put it in than this here section ?
We have found the story in these two books. The writers must have found it somewhere, so what is the original source ? The cemetery, dating back to the early 16th Century, was still there in 1997. So - with a little bit of luck - it may still be here today. It's said to be in the East of Oschatz, on the Dresdener Straße.
© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011