From executioner to doctor - four generations of executioners, healers, people
Topic: From executioner to doctor - four generations of executioners, healers, people.
Time: Friday, 22.10.2021, 3:00 p.m.
Location: TU Ilmenau, Faradaybau, Faraday Lecture Hall, Weimarer Str. 32
Speaker: Dr. Kai Lehmann, Director of the Museum Schloss Wilhelmsburg Schmalkalden
In the Schmalkalder Totenhofkirche there is a large, artistically designed funerary monument to Hieronymus Wahl. Such epitaphs cost the surviving families a lot of money and testify to the wealth and prestige of the deceased. Hieronymus Wahl was executioner in Schmalkalden from 1657 to 1681. How does that go together?
Hieronymus was the son of Otto Heinrich Wahl, the executioner par excellence in the first half of the 17th century. He tortured and burned hundreds of "witches" at the stake. Otto Heinrich Wahl was in such demand that he was requested from Weimar, Jena, Bamberg or Würzburg. One of the daughters of Hieronymus Wahl married Johann Jeremias Glaser, also executioner in Meiningen and Wasungen. Glaser recorded his life in figures in an account book. On 350 pages every income and expenditure Glaser made can be found. The book allows a look behind the mask of the executioner at the person behind it. Glaser's youngest son, in turn, studied and became a city doctor in Suhl.
In his lecture as part of the TU Ilmenau Citizens Campus (previously Senior Citizens Academy), Dr. Kai Lehmann, Director of the Museum Schloss Wilhelmsburg Schmalkalden, traces the lives of the Wahls - four generations of executioners, healers, people - with Kai Lehmann's focus on the Meiningen/Wasung executioner Johann Jeremias Glaser.
Due to the limited number of seats, pre-registration is mandatory: turm2.tu-ilmenau.de/course/open
Admission: 5 Euro
Mandatory requirements for participation are proof of complete vaccination, recovery from covid disease, or current testing (3G).
Dr. Uwe Geishendorf
Central Institute for Education
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