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Hans Amon, bishop of the Hutterian Brethren in Moravia, was the successor of Jakob Hutter. Amon was a cloth weaver by trade, and hence frequently called "Tuchmacher." Amon came from Bavaria and was among the 80 persons who left Kromau in 1529 and settled in Austerlitz. From 1530 to 1534 he worked with Jakob Hutter in Tyrol, when the persecution of the Anabaptists was at its height. In 1535 Hutter transferred to him the leadership of the Hutterite congregations, which he retained for seven years. Before his death he named Leonhard Lanzenstiel as his successor. At Candlemas 1542 Amon died at Schäkowitz in Moravia. To his memory Georg Bruckmaier, who was burned at the stake for his faith at Ried in Upper Austria, dedicated several verses. Seventeen of Amon's open letters are still extant, preserved (original or copy) in the possession of the Hutterian Brethren in Frankfort, South Dakota. Copies and some originals are also scattered among Austrian archives. An epistle addressed to the imprisoned Brethren on the sea (galley slaves of Andrea Doria) was published condensed by Beck in Wiedertäufer in Kärnten. Amon also wrote three hymns: "Der ewig Gott, der mächtig" (32 stanzas); "O, ihr herzlieben Brüder mein" (10 stanzas), and "Unbillig habens ghandelt die bös und gottlos Rott." The assertion of Kripp in Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Wiedertäufer in Tirol (Innsbruck, 1857), that Amon was captured at Götzenberg in Tyrol and executed at Michelsburg with 10 brethren is erroneous.


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Die Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder : Gesangbuch darinnen viel und mancherlei schöne Betrachtungen, Lehren, Vermahnungen, Lobgesänge und Glaubensbekenntnisse, von vielen Liebhabern Gottes gedichtet und aus vielen Geschichten und Historien der heiligen Schrift zusammengetragen, allen frommen Liebhabern Gottes sehr nützlich zu singen und zu lesen. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonitisches Verlagshaus, 1914: 95-97, 116-120.

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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1955


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Hege, Christian. (1955). Amon, Hans (d. 1542). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Amon,_Hans_(d._1542)&oldid=53833.




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