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Volkach in Landkreis Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Und Davor ein Kapellchen und Almosenstock / And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick

 
 
Und Davor ein Kapellchen und Almosenstock / And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2016
1. Und Davor ein Kapellchen und Almosenstock / And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker
Inscription.
Soziale Fürsorge im Siechenhaus

So dürfte das Volkacher Siechenhaus ausgesehen haben: isoliert weit außerhalb der Stadt stand das ärmliche Gebäude. Eine Kapelle, ein Brunnen und ein eigener Hof ermöglichte den Bewohnern ein weitgehend selbständiges Leben. Kontakte zur Außenwelt sollten möglichst vermieden werden, denn im Siechenhaus lebten Aussätzige - Menschen mit Lepra. Mit hölzernen Klappern mussten Leprakranke auf sich aufmerksam machen, So sitzt rechts am Wegesrand eine „Lepröse" und bittet um Almosen. Im Boden steckt ein Stock, an dem ein kleines Spendenschälchen und eine Klapper befestigt sind.

Social Welfare at the Infirmary

Thus the Volkach infirmary might have looked (see Picture 3): isolated far outside the town stood the poor building. A chapel, a well and its own courtyard gave the inhabitants a largely independent life. Contacts with the outside world were to be avoided as far as possible, because persons with leprosy lived there. With wooden rattles, the "lepers" were to draw attention to themselves, as depicted here, with one begging at the edge of the road. In the ground is a stick, on which a small donation bowl and a rattle are fastened.
 
Erected 2006 by Museum Volkach.
 
Location.
And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2016
2. And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here on the left. It is the reverse side of the Peter Ochs, the Butcher marker.
49° 51.839′ N, 10° 13.625′ E. Marker is in Volkach, Bavaria, in Landkreis Kitzingen. Marker is at the intersection of Oberer Markt and Bahnhofstrasse, on the right when traveling north on Oberer Markt. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oberer Markt 7, Volkach, Bavaria 97332, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Ochs, Metzler / Peter Ochs, the Butcher (here, next to this marker); Bei einem Backofen / At the Baker's Oven (a few steps from this marker); Peter Geist (a few steps from this marker); Von Rechtswegen über das Menschenblut zu richten / A Legal Process Driven by Human Blood (a few steps from this marker); Pfarrkirche St. Bartholomäus / St. Bartholomew's Parish Church (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dettelbach City Hall (approx. 8.4 kilometers away); Dettelbach Synagogue (approx. 8.4 kilometers away); The Bacchus Inn (approx. 8.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Volkach.
 
Regarding Und Davor ein Kapellchen und Almosenstock / And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick. Leprosy is now more properly known as Hansen's disease.
 
Also see . . .  Das Siechenhaus - Das Volkacher Salbuch (Stadt Volkach). In the infirmary lived people who were suffering from leprosy. Because of the danger of infection, the house
And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker - Inset Illustration image. Click for full size.
Illustration from the Volkacher Salbuch, written by Niklas Brobst, Folio 458r, circa 1500
3. And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick Marker - Inset Illustration
stood far outside the city. A well and a chapel made the inhabitants self-sufficient, so that hardly any contact with healthy people became necessary. Even the alms, on which the lepers depended, were not to be given to them directly: donors put them in a bowl in front of the infirmary. (Follow link for original German.) (Submitted on December 19, 2016.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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