Greta Knobloch (Knoblauch) was an Anabaptist martyr, the first wife of Georg Knobloch, a resident of Emseloh in Thuringia, whom he had married as a widow. She was seized with him, and after a valiant confession of her faith was beheaded in April 1534 at Sangerhausen. On the scaffold Greta declared before the crowd of spectators that she was dying for the sake of the Word of God; she had never harmed anyone. Her courage was greatly admired by the crowd.
Georg Knoblauch, who had not yet been baptized, saved his life by recanting. But he must have repented of his recantation, for on 6 October 1534 he was baptized with Greta's three grown children of her first marriage. He is probably identical with Georg Meurer. Greta's sons-in-law, Jobst and Heinrich Möller, soon followed her in martyrdom.
See Möller, Jobst, for an extended account
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