The postcard this week is from Kungsgatan, a boulevard established at the end of the 19th century in eastern Malmö. An octagonal church lies at its center and it is a popular strolling area as well. The picture is taken in the spring of 2014.
The postcard this week is from Kirseberg in the east of Malmö, on the hill where the witches were burnt. I always sort of thought this was were there were gallows but during my research for a post on Weekly Weather last year I came to realize that the gallows were either close to the beach in medieval times and later closer to the city. Not much on Wikipedia or internet on the witch burnings in Malmö, though there is quite a lot about the other witch burnings in Denmark and the witch hunts in Sweden. Malmö belonged to Denmark until 1658 so it may be that those that write on Wikipedia aren´t interested in something they don´t feel is proper Danish history or proper Swedish history. Anyhow I got a book from the library by a local historian written in 1915 and had a peek in it. The witches in Denmark were not executed like in Sweden but burnt. There was a big fire lit on Kirseberg and the witch was tied to a ladder and thrown into the fire.
The Danish king Christian IV of Denmark encouraged witch hunts and the burning of witches. Witch hunts were earlier in Denmark than in the other Scandinavian countries beginning in the sixteenth century and ending in the late seventeenth century with a total of 1000 witches killed. In Norway the witch hunts take place between 1610 and 1690 and in Sweden between 1668 – 1676. Sweden had 300 killed witches and Finland 115. As Finland then was a part of Sweden this means that was 415 people killed in these countries. Norway has 300 killed witches.
The memorial stone was raised in 1997 to the memory of the witches that died on this place during the years 1543 – 1663, to the memory of the poor soldiers that was buried here 1809 – 1870 and to the memory of the prisoners that died in the prison on Malmöhus castle 1827 – 1891.
The memorial stone ends with a sentence that wants us to think about the outcasts of our own times. And I think it is quite important today with all that happens around us. I have translated the ending sentence on the memorial stone as: “This stone honors all the people that was excluded from the community of their time and encourages the future to reflect on their fate”.
The tower in the background is an old water tower converted to an apartment building. It was built in 1879 but it was soon discovered that it was inadequate for the needs of Malmö and converted to apartments.
The name Kirseberg means Cherry Hill.
We are still in Limhamn, this time a little further down on Linnégatan closer to the old fisher village center, looking towards town. The yellow villa from the beginning of the 20th century to the left belonged to the school doctor when I was a child. He had his reception in the house as well. If one came in the morning and sat for several hours in silence you always got to see the doctor the same day. Boring of course but you didn´t have to have an appointment as I remember it.
To the left in the picture is a glimpse of a building built in the early 1970 with a big grocery store. On the parking place (not in the picture) of this grocery store lay a church that served as an assembly hall for nearby Linnéskolan that had what was called “morgonsamling”, morning assembly, several mornings a week. This could be all from the headmaster talking, piano performances, information of various kind. The origin was the morning prayer but it was seldom religious content in these morning assemblies in the 1960s as I remember them. But I did hate them as a useless way to spend my time as I had to go to school twenty minutes earlier and had a longer way to go. To have a look at old Tabor church please look here on my other blog From My Horizon.
The picture is taken in the spring of 2015.
A quite ordinary street with typical apartment houses from the 1950s. They were usually of a good standard with indoor hot and cold water, toilets, central heating and for the time modern kitchen and bathrooms. Doesn´t look to exciting to look at but are typical for their time. The first houses of this type were probably built in the 1940s after the war and I know they were built as late as in 1960. Many of the houses were built in yellow brick but now and then also of red brick. This part of town is considered a good part of town with a mix of apartment houses like these, row houses and villas and fetch a good price on the market today.
The street is Linnégatan in Limhamn and the mats in the middle of the street covers the roses planted there. Along the middle of the street the trams ran until 1973 when the rails were removed. It was called the tramway of roses as there were roses planted all the way to town. Limhamn was originally a fisher village that grew together with Malmö.
The picture is taken in January 2015.