Falder (Het), usually called 't Falder, now a part of Emden, Germany, consisted during the 16th century of the two villages, Gross- and Klein-Falder. By 1557 it was outwardly a unit with Emden and in 1574 Edzard II incorporated it with Emden. Anabaptists were found here from 1529, and Dirk Philips died here in 1568. Of the more than 600 individuals baptized by Leenaert Bouwens in 1551-1582 in East Friesland, 320 are listed under 't Falder and only some 90 in Emden (1551-1554, 42; 1554-1556, 67; 1557-1561, 27; 1563-1565, 184), It is likely that in the two villages the Anabaptists enjoyed greater toleration. There was no congregation here; the members belonged to the congregations of Emden and Emderland. Much of their activity no doubt took place in this part of the town of Emden. Even today old Emden citizens point out a place where the Mennonite Vermaning (meetinghouse) was located,’t Falder was not as severely damaged as the interior of the city in World War II. This section of the town is clearly visible from the balcony of the present Mennonite church.
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