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North Brabant (Dutch, Noord-Brabant) is a Dutch province south of the Maas. Its population in 1947 was 1,180,133, and in 1994, 2,259,800. There was a slight Anabaptist-Mennonite activity in this province during the 16th century. Anabaptists there were found at 's Hertogenbosch, Breda, Vught, and a few other places, but only in small numbers. In 1571 a small Mennonite congregation at Klundert in the western part of this province was exterminated by persecution. In the 17th century a Mennonite congregation existed, called "Brabandt, Bredaen Oosterhout, united with Geertruydenberg." This congregation, belonging to the Flemish branch and regularly supported by the Flemish congregation of Rotterdam, died out shortly after 1670.

Now the province of North Brabant is predominantly Catholic (90% of the population in 1947, 67% in 1999). There were in 1957 only two Mennonite congregations, Breda with 91 members and Eindhoven with 205. There was a Mennonite Kring (circle) at 's Hertogenbosch-Vught, at Bergen op Zoom and at Tilburg. In 1909 there were about 331 Mennonites in North Brabant, in 1930, 452, and in 1947, 758.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1912): 30-44.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 269.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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