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This rather dramatic picture showd person about to be hung by an angry mob until they are dead. People are tugging on the rpe to raise the victim; they wear workers’ clothing and some of them are barefoot. An onlooker, more formally dressed, stands idly by.

The picture is in the style of a charcoal sketch, and a poem in German accompanied it; Google Translate didn’t do very well on the poetry, but I have included the English translation it gave me.


Zu köln am rhein ist hochgericht,

Da geht es an den Kragen

Dem glaubenslosen, modernen Wicht!

Der galgen ist aufgeschlagen.

Hei, wei die schwarze Sippe sich quält!

Der Kerl am Stricke bampelt!

Doch wer besonders fromm, der hält

Die Beine, dass er nicht strempelt.

Wohlwollend lächelt und benedeit

Sas Treiben ihrer Kinder

Die hochehrwïrdige Geistlichkeit,

Die Retterin der Sünder.

Ein schönes Bild! Doch lasst das Schrei’n

Und Krächzen nur noch, ihr Raben,

Denn auch die Kölner hängen Kein’n

Bevor sie ihn nicht haben!


At cologne on the rhine is high court,

It’s upset [it’s up to the collar]

To the unbelieving modern wretch!

The gallows is open.

Hey, how the black family agonizes!

The guy is tampering with the rope!

But those who are particularly pious hold up

The legs so that he doesn’t kick.

Woah! Smiles willingly and benevolently

The bustle of her children

The venerable clergy,

The savior of sinners.

A nice picture! But stop screaming

And just croak, you ravens,

Because the people of Cologne don’t hang on either

Before they don’t have it!


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