Known popularly as the ‘Nuremberg Enigma’, Kaspar Hauser stepped into history on
An incoherent boy of approximately sixteen years of age, he was found staggering about in
What a life: Opening the envelope, he found two letters. From them, a picture of Kaspar’s life emerged. Apparently he had spent his entire life in a small darkened cell, attended to by persons he had never seen. Now, it seemed, he was to be trained as a cavalryman, like his father, whoever he was.
Taken to the local police, he was dismissed as a simpleton and placed in a cell. However, given pen and paper, he wrote his name - Kaspar Hauser - and when they attempted to teach him to read and write, it was discovered he could pick it up remarkably quickly. Indeed, Kaspar proved to be a bit of a genius.
The celebrity: The local town council decided it was their responsibility to look after him and appointed a guardian, a scientist called Georg Friedrich Daumer. Under his wing, Kaspar became quite a celebrity, with people coming from far and wide to meet him. He even wrote an autobiography in 1829, but it contained no clues to his identity. However, Kaspar’s life was to be short lived.
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