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Falkenstein, a market village in Lower Austria, southeast of Nikolsburg, acquired special interest in Mennonite history through the surprise on Steinabrunn, where the Anabaptists were seized and taken to the Falkenstein castle in chains. The castle is now in ruins. In the vicinity there were many Anabaptists, according to the books of Christoph Andreas Fischer. About 1550 the priest Niklas Woisch reported to the authorities that four or five of his predecessors had had to deal with Anabaptists. He himself is reported to have joined them. At any rate, all that Fischer relates about affairs in Veldsberg applies also to Falkenstein.


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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 87, 628.

Müller, Lydia, ed. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer, III. Band: Glaubenszeugnisse oberdeutscher Taufgesinnter I. Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte XX. Band. Leipzig, 1938: 190-205 con­tains the Rechenschaft of the 150 Anabaptist prisoners.

Weiskern, Friedrich Wilhelm. Topographie von Nie­derösterreich. Wien: Wiengand: III, 8-25.

Author(s) Johann Loserth
Date Published 1956

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Loserth, Johann. "Falkenstein (Niederösterreich, Austria)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 29 Apr 2017.,_Austria)&oldid=80716.

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Loserth, Johann. (1956). Falkenstein (Niederösterreich, Austria). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 April 2017, from,_Austria)&oldid=80716.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 292. All rights reserved.

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