Konrad Eichacher (or Eicher), one of the first Anabaptists to die as a martyr in Bern, Switzerland, was a native of Steffisberg. He was seized in 1529 because of his faith; but after his trial, begun on 18 October, he was released, for he said that he had erred. On 30 December he was arrested again and after a long cross-examination was drowned on 21 February 1530. The execution apparently attracted much attention, for the Ratsmanual of 31 December 1534, contains a statement that the council regretted Eichacher's execution. Nevertheless in the next six years 20 additional executions, 158 imprisonments, and 109 expulsions were imposed on the Anabaptists in Bern. The records of Eichacher's trial were published by Adolf Fluri, authenticating the execution, which had already been related in the Martyrs' Mirror.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 1129. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Fluri, Adolf. Täuferhinrichtungen in Bern. Berner Heim, 1896: 37-38.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967, I, 533.
Quervain, Th. Kirchliche und soziale Zustände in Bern unmittelbar nach der Einführung der Reformation. Bern, 1906: 123 ff.
Cite This Article
Hege, Christian. "Eichacher, Konrad (d. 1530)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eichacher,_Konrad_(d._1530)&oldid=111240.
Hege, Christian. (1956). Eichacher, Konrad (d. 1530). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eichacher,_Konrad_(d._1530)&oldid=111240.
Herald Press website.
©1996-2014 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.