Anna Göldi


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The Glarus region rose to prominence for the wrong reasons at the end of the eighteenth century when, in 1781, the area became the setting for one of the last witch trials in Europe. The tragedy arose in a time when the power of oligarchic family structures was diminishing. These classes attempted to restore their influence by staging a spectacular court case. A mixture of superstition and the Enlightenment fuelled the case, finding resonance across the popular classes. The events spawned the term "judicial murder", which has since been used for all forms of murder carried out under a government's arbitrary powers. The "Göldi case" struck a chord when it was revived in the novel by Eveline Hasler, published in 1982. The Anna Göldi Museum in Mollis was opened in 2007, dedicated to the life and suffering of the "last witch". The extent to which the injustice remains a part of life in Glarus is demonstrated by Anna Göldi's official rehabilitation in 2008 and by the activities of the Anna Göldi Foundation, which has awarded a human rights prize once every two years since 2009.

Image gallery

  • Anna Göldi worked in the Zwicky household in Mollis from 1768 to 1774. Here she had a love affair with Melchior Zwicky © Klara Hübner, 2011
  • Glarus has its own Göldi path, marking the route Anna Göldi took to her execution on 13 June 1782 © Heinrich Speich, 2011
  • How much remains of a human life? Box 1 of the Göldi files in the Glarus Cantonal Archive © Heinrich Speich, 2011
  • An abattoir is one of the buildings that now stands where Anna Göldi left this world on 13 June 1782 © Heinrich Speich, 2011
  • Anna Göldi worked in the Zwicky household in Mollis from 1768 to 1774. Here she had a love affair with Melchior Zwicky, the son of the master of the house. © Klara Hübner, 2011
  • Glarus has its own Göldi path, marking the route Anna Göldi took to her execution on 13 June 1782 © Heinrich Speich, 2011
  • How much remains of a human life? Box 1 of the Göldi files in the Glarus Cantonal Archive © Heinrich Speich, 2011
  • An abattoir is one of the buildings that now stands where Anna Göldi left this world on 13 June 1782 © Heinrich Speich, 2011

References and documentation

Publications
  • Elizabeth Korrodi-Aebli: Auf den Spuren der „letzten Hexe" Anna Göldi - der Fall - die Presseberichte. Darstellung des Göldi-Handels und seiner publizistischen Verarbeitung im 18. Jahrhundert. Volkskundliche Lizentiatsarbeit, Zürich 1996

  • Elizabeth Korrodi-Aebli: Göldi [Göldin], Anna. In Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz, www.hls-dhs-dss.ch/textes/d/D43539.php

  • Rolf von Arx: Kopfgeld auf Anna Göldi (ungedrucktes Typoskript)

  • Walter Hauser: Der Justizmord an Anna Göldi. Neue Recherchen zum letzten Hexenprozess in Europa. Zürich, 2007

  • Perikles Monioudis: Annas Carnifex. Ein Stück in fünf Bildern / Es Stugg i füüf Bilder. Glarus, 2010

  • Eveline Hasler: Anna Göldin, letzte Hexe. München, 2009 (23. Auflage)

  • Kaspar Freuler: Anna Göldi. Glarus, 2008 (9. Auflage)

Multimedia
  • Die letzte Hexe - Anna Göldi 
    Die schönsten Sagen und Märchen ... 
    Rosemarie Hegner erzählt von der letzten Hexe Anna Göldi
    Ref. Swiss National Sound Archives:
    CD50130 T. 2

Documentation
  • Anna Göldi

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