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Otterberg, a town (pop. 3,000 in 1959; 5,118 in 2004) in the Palatinate, Germany, a former Cistercian monastery, founded by Huguenot Walloons in the 16th century (textiles), since the beginning of the 18th century the residence of several Mennonite families: Lichti (in the "City Mill"), Beutler (in the "Beutler Mill," named for the family), and Reubal (on the nearby Messerschwanderhof). Later came the Engel, Hofli, and Eymann families. In 1957 three Eymann families were living there who belonged to the Sembach congregation. Peter Galle, who came to Otterberg through marriage, was the assistant pastor of the Sembach congregation 1800-1827, and died of a cerebral hemorrhage during a service. The Otterberg Mennonites own an old cemetery.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 326.

Author(s) Gerhard Hein
Date Published 1959

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