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The Source:

Ulrich Jahn :
"Volkssagen aus Pommern und Rügen" [1891]
Edition Temmen, Bremen, Germany, 1999

The Case:

The chapter is called: "Das Unhir in Trebiatkow". And an "Unhir" is the name for a particular kind of vampire that can be found in this region. The story - more or less - goes like this:

In Trzebiatkow a man had died and was buried. It did not take long or some of his relatives started dying as well. So people knew what to do. Some men went to the churchyard and dug up the grave. They found that the "Unhir" in his coffin was biting his hands and breast. They tried to turn the dead man face down but the corpse put up a fight. A strong man took a spade and chopped off the dead man's head with one blow. From that moment on, peace returned to Trzebiatkow.

The Date:

No date has been given so all we can say is that the events are supposed to have taken place before 1891 when Jahn's "Volkssagen aus Pommern und Rügen" was first published. But Jahn also informs us that when he was told the story, there were still people who remembered these happenings. So I think it probably will be safe to date it as a case from the 19th Century.

The Place:

This is less of a problem. Trzebiatkow can be found in the North of Poland, close to the sea and close to the German border.

Possible Follow-Up:

Obviously you should read Jahn's version of the story. He informs us that it is a tale that he was told. Which does not nescessarily imply that others have not written about it. See what else you can find.

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

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