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Drowning of Heinrich Summer and Jakob Mandel, Baden, 1582.  Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 750 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives
Jakob Mändl, an Anabaptist martyr, was arrested with Heinrich Summer at Zurzach in Switzerland, and after five weeks of imprisonment in the town of Baden drowned there on 9 October 1582. Twenty-four priests had vainly tried to convert the two men. Some of the judges hesitated to pronounce the death sentence on a matter of faith. Finally the majority voted for the death penalty, which the Brethren suffered joyfully. They admonished the great crowd of spectators to leave their sinful life and turn to God, and sang a song of praise. Their death made a deep impression on the spectators. Three songs were written on their death: "Merkt auf, ihr gliebten Gottes kindt, Die ir hie im Jammertal sindt," 42 stanzas; "Wir haben lust, Ein liedt zu singen, Könens nit vnderlon," 38 stanzas, found in Wolkan, Lieder, 234 f.; Die Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder contains the first and also "Aus tiefer Not schrein wir zu dir, Herr Gott, hör unser Bitten."

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 1057. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957


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Neff, Christian. "Mändl, Jakob (d. 1582)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 19 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=M%C3%A4ndl,_Jakob_(d._1582)&oldid=92559.

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Neff, Christian. (1957). Mändl, Jakob (d. 1582). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=M%C3%A4ndl,_Jakob_(d._1582)&oldid=92559.




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