Potholes and a shortage of doctors were also a topic in the past

Potholes and a shortage of doctors were also a topic in the past

Once again, the rudolf winkler house was filled to capacity. Everyone wanted to know what it was like back then. "Back then", this meant the time of the three-year war until the end of the bamberg monastery around 1803. The audience was given a vivid impression of the history of zeil in numerous pictures and in a lecture, in which historical facts and figures were mixed in a well-balanced relationship with entertaining original statements of people from that time. A profound speaker was alois umlauf, one of the four local historians from zeil who are organizing the series of lectures in the anniversary year. The lecture on the history of the town was a further contribution to the 1000-year celebration, which the town is celebrating this year.
In eleven chapters, he provided information about the changing economic situation of the city, about the topic of emigration and immigration, as well as about medical care and craftsmanship. The handling of catastrophes became clear on the basis of the local fire protection as well as on the basis of the military and the political circumstances.
Many a spectator came to the realization that these topics are probably the social questions of all times. And not only the mayor thomas stadelmann made a good impression on the topic "ailing roads and high indebtedness of the city" inwardly a smiling direct flight to the present time. Alois umlauf quoted the castner erhard fexer, who wrote in 1780: "zeil is the poorest office in the high diocese of bamberg… The long-distance traveler no longer passes through zeil because the roads are extremely bad and spoiled."
Medical care in the countryside was also more than adequate. There were only four doctors in the entire diocese of bamberg, namely in kronach, in forchheim, in vilseck and in zeil. There was a struggle to oblige the simple bathers, surgeons and midwives to a general basis of basic medical knowledge, so that the population would not be subjected to the "bunglers" was at the mercy.
Witch mania, war and plague decimated the population of zeil from 1500 to 500. Almost no house was without victims, no house with an intact family, no house without damage. And it took almost 100 years for the population to return to its original level.
Despite the small size of the city, zeil had an almost exuberant administrative system. In addition to the four quartermasters, as the responsible persons for a quarter were called, there was also an upper and a lower burgomaster and another ten councilors. In addition, there were the bailiff and the town bailiff as deputies of the prince-bishop of bamberg.
The ara bamberg ended for zeil when in 1802 a completely new form of administration was forced upon zeil, because as a consequence of the second war of the coalition (1799 to 1802) the ecclesiastical principality of bamberg and wurzburg were dissolved and incorporated into the kingdom of bavaria. Due to this abrupt loss of cultural identity, the region and the city of zeil were faced with the task of gradually re-establishing a new francophone consciousness. Whether and how this succeeds can be seen on 21. September and 18. October at the next city history lectures, to which the mayor thomas stadelmann already invited.

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