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Ensisheim, a town (pop. 3,212 in 1950) in Upper Alsace, Gebwiller district, was in the 16th century the seat of the Austrian government in Alsace, which ruthlessly stamped out the Anabaptist movement. Six hundred Anabaptists are said (by Sebastian Franck) to have been executed here.

Eberhard Hofmann, the city clerk of Ensisheim, participated in the trial of Michael Sattler in Rottenburg, Württemberg, Germany, and with his venomously hostile attitude contributed to the injustice of the trial.

See Basel and Alsace


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Muralt, Leonhard von and Walter Schmid. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer in der Schweiz, I. Band: Zürich. Zürich: S. Hirzel, 1952: 251.

Spach, L. Description du Departement du Bas-Rhin: I, 178.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 594.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Ensisheim (Alsace, France). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2017, from,_France)&oldid=94525.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 226. All rights reserved.

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