Hello Fellow Genners,
I should like to add just one citation of many that I have collected:
Anonymous, “Einweihungsfeier des S. B. Latz’schen Alten- und Siechenheims” (with illustration of the building), Posener Neueste Nachrichten, Thursday, 16 December 1909, Issue 3207, 2nd supplement, 1st and 2nd pp. Mf 06867; and at Leo Baeck Institute, New York City, Edward Luft Collection, AR 6957, location S42/5. The article discusses Akiba Eger and the 1831 cholera epidemic in Posen, reproducing the text of the letter sent by King Friedrich Wilhelm to Chief Rabbi Jacob Moses [Akiba] Eger], thanking him for his efforts, 1st unnumbered p.
Unfortunately, every article that I have found is in German; none is in English. The copy that I donated to my Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute came from the Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza; each year has its own microfilm number. That was the only other location where I found the holdings.
To summarize, the Jewish deaths from cholera in the 1831 epidemic in the city of Posen, today Poznań, Wielkopolska, Poland, was 17 while the total deaths were over 2,000. Von Flottwell, the Provincial President (= governor), and the King discussed appointing Eger to be in charge of managing the epidemic, not for reasons of health but to be able to blame him if things went wrong. In the end, the King merely sent a letter. The original of that letter is lost although the copy continues to be available from news reports in newspapers. Many historians attribute the low number of Jewish deaths to sanitation rules in Jewish law enforced by Eger, the last Gaon of Posen. I found perhaps 20 other citations to the same or similar information in books and in newspapers. This same King contributed liberally to the London Society for the Conversion of the Jews.
Edward David Luft