The Britten secondary school teacher Otto Schuster tells the following, gruesome story that led to the setting of the most famous Britten wayside cross in 1786: The Thirty Years' War also left its mark on the once flourishing high forest village of Britten. Wandering warbands looted the stables and barns one after the other, burned the houses and murdered the residents. When the call "The Swede, the Swede" once again warned of approaching marauding soldiers, a young mother hurried with her baby into the nearby forest. She had already lost the husband, the child should survive. After a terribly awake night, while the screams of the Soldateska rang out, the hungry child answered with screams that morning. In her need, the desperate mother scratched her chest and fed the hungry creature with warm heart blood. Two days later, villagers found the lifeless bodies and buried them on the spot.
June 19, 2021
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