Jacob Platzer, of Prad in the Vintschgau, Tyrol, Austria, an Anabaptist martyr, a locksmith, was seized together with three other Anabaptists, Sier, Mareez, and Rauchenpüchler, on 6 May 1585, by Jost Tausch, called Aichele, who was hunting down the Anabaptists (see Lienz). At his cross-examination he refused to name those who had lodged him. The four men had been sent by the Hutterian Brethren in Moravia to Tyrol to visit the Anabaptists there and to win new converts for Moravia. On 5 July Platzer recanted, as the others also did before and after him. He explained that it was not the doctrine, but only the life and conduct of the Anabaptists that attracted him. He enjoyed his freedom for a long time; on 19 June 1591, he was again arrested in the village of Sillian in eastern Tyrol, having apparently again adopted Anabaptism. During the eight weeks of his imprisonment he could not be persuaded to recant. He accepted his death sentence "with good cheer"; "he was not at all sorry to have to die for his faith." His steadfast martyrdom is the theme of the hymn, "Ir liebhaber der Warheit guet, lasts euch erzellen mit freiem muet" (with 30 stanzas).
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