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2021 | 29 | 1 | 161-200

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Reflexia vyháňania diabla vo Wemdingu v dobových periodikách: hodnotenie exorcizmu dobovými periodikami a úloha wemdingského prípadu vo Wahrmundovej afére


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Perception of the devil expulsion in Wemding in contemporary press media: assessment of the exorcism by the contemporary press media and its role in the Wahrmund affair

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In the first part of this article we will focus on how the press reflected a possession case from late 19th century in small Bavarian town Wemding. Wemding case is one of the most famous cases of possession or exorcism in 19th century, as we have found during our research. The main aim of this article is to analyse contemporary articles and show different approaches of press media with diverse origins. In second part we will decribe the role of Wemding case in contemporaty newspapers as a part of Wahrmund Affair from 1908 when professor of canonic law attacked the catholic church. The Wemding case was used by Wahrmund as an evidence of church obscurant position. At the end of the article we will identify the reasons why this case aroused so much attention.


  • Moderní dějiny, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic


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