The period of persecution and execution of so-called witches is a venomous chapter of Western civilisation. The hunt extended from the Middle Ages into the early modern era, and from the Old World to the New. Although efforts have been made to understand this hysterical mass murder, many disturbing aspects are still shrouded in mystery. The participation of small children and adolescents, whether as the accused or as accusers, is crucial. Dr. Sebald examines a number of historic witch trials, including the infamous events at Salem, in England, Sweden, Austria and Germany.