The Last Witch
Anna Göldin is born in1743 into a poor peasant family. Her parents die young and she is passed on to a farmer as a servant. She falls pregnant to one of the farmer’s field-hands, and because the illegitimate infant dies shortly after birth, Anna is accused of infanticide and convicted. After serving her sentence she finds employment at the home of doctor and councilor Johann Jacob Tschudi, one of the wealthiest and most highly regarded men in the Canton of Glarus. When one of Tschudi’s daughters starts vomiting up pins, Anna is accused of bewitching her. She escapes to Toggenburg where, with a warrant out for her arrest, she goes into hiding under a false name. Eventually she is betrayed and swiftly taken to Glarus for trial. Under torture she confesses that she avails herself of the powers of the devil. She is beheaded in 1782. Eveline Hasler has told this unfortunate woman’s story in a vivid and compassionate style that has touched readers to the core since its first publication.