About Ludwig Lagus
From nephew, Friedrich GUTH's memoir (sadly incomplete ...):
" ... When I was a bit older I was allowed to visit my uncle Ludwig Lagus by myself. Once on my way there by horse-drawn streetcar, I overheard the excited conversation of my fellow travelers about the alleged ritual murder committed in Kuttenberg by a man called Hilsner. The uneducated Catholic clergy spread the rumor that before Easter Jews needed the blood of a Christian child for ritual purposes. Hilsner, a feebleminded Jew was sentenced to be hanged, solely on the strength of circumstantial evidence. As was customary this death warrant was sent for confirmation to Emperor Francis Joseph who commuted the sentence to lifelong imprisonment. The case aroused wide Indignation ..."
(pip - May 2013)