Hunger stones – Etched warnings of impending famine.
Hunger stones (German: Hungersteins) serve as famine memorials and warnings. They were erected in Germany and in German settlements throughout Europe in the 15th through 19th centuries, according to Wikipedia,
These stones – boulders, in some cases – were embedded into rivers during droughts to mark the water level as a warning to future generationsof famine-related hardships if the water sinks to this level again. One famous example in the Elbe river in Děčín, Czech Republic, has “Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine” (“If you see me, weep”) carved into it as a warning.
Many of these stones, which feature carvings or other artwork, were erected following the hunger crisis of 1816–1817 caused by the eruptions of the Tambora volcano.
In 1918, a hunger stone on the bed of the Elbe River, near Tetschen, became exposed during a period of low water coincident to the wartime famines of World War I.
More than a dozen similar hunger stones in the river dating back to the 1600s (the Maunder Minimum) have been uncovered again during this year’s drought (2018).
I hadn’t heard of “hunger stones” until a reader sent me “The Hunger Stones Have Appeared,” a comprehensive article by Martin Armstrong.
“While the Global Warming fanatics are out in force saying “see” the heat in Europe is caused by humans driving their cars around, they continue to ignore history,” says Armstrong. “The extreme heat in Europe this year is part of a cycle. The swings from extreme heat to extreme cold are also not unheard of. Another piece of historical evidence they ignore is known as the Hunger Stones…. Throughout the centuries, there have been these cycles of extreme heat followed by extreme cold. Such events have been recorded when drought has resulted in the low level of water in the Elbe river.”
“This year) the Hunger Stones are visible in the Elbe River once more. This is a major river which begins in the Czech Republic and flows through Germany…. the extreme heat and drought of this year is by no means unique to history.”
“The various Hunger Stones record droughts that resulted in famine and soaring prices for food. The droughts that have been recorded on the stones date to 1417, 1616, 1707, 1746, 1790, 1800, 1811, 1830, 1842, 1868, 1892, and 1893, which covers a period of 476 years.”
Thanks to Laurel, Iceagernow and Jack Hydrazine for these links