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Krabat is a character in Sorbian folklore, also dubbed the "Wendish Faust". First recorded in 1837,[1] the character developed from an evil sorcerer into a folk hero and beneficial trickster in the course of the 19th century.

The historical nucleus of the folk tale is Johannes Schadowitz (1624–1704), a Croat (Crabat) cavalry commander, who was granted an estate in Groß Särchen (now part of Lohsa) near Hoyerswerda in 1691 by John George III, Elector of Saxony.[citation needed]

The folk tale is centered around the area of Lusatia, most notably the settlement of Čorny Chołmc, which today is a district of the city of Hoyerswerda, where Krabat is said to have learned his sorcerous powers.

The Krabat story has been adapted into several novels, notably:


  1. ^ Joachim Leopold Haupt, Von einem bösen Herrn in Groß-Särchen (1837)
  • Jurij Pilk, Adolf Anders, "Der wendische Faust", Sächsischer Erzähler. Illustrierte Beilage, Nr. 14 (1896), reprinted as "Die wendische Faust-Sage", Bunte Bilder aus dem Sachsenlande vol. 3 (1900), 191–201.