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Bernhard and Marx Klampferer, brothers, sent by the Hutterian Brethren in Moravia to Vienna "to purchase the tools for their trade." When they were about to return they were imprisoned by the baron of Roggendorf on 1 April 1573, after a long argument with him on infant baptism; they proved from the Scriptures that children should not be baptized. When he saw that his preaching did not change their mind, he summoned the preacher from Krems, Master Gangolf Wanger (Beck, 263); Wanger's efforts were equally futile. After an imprisonment of eleven weeks they were released and permitted to return to Moravia. Their dispute on baptism is recorded in a manuscript in the archives at Brno, "Verantwortung Brueder Marx vnd bernharts Klampffrern, zu wien in irer gefenckhnus vmb der warhait willen 1573."


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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 504.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923: 362-365.

Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Die älteste Chronik der Hutterischen Brüder: Ein Sprachdenkmal aus frühneuhochdeutscher Zeit. Ithaca: Cayuga Press, 1943: 471.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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