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Wolf(gang) Rauffer, a martyr of the Hutterian Brethren, a tailor, hence also called Wolf Schneider, was taken prisoner with Hans Zuckenhammer in 1579 at Tittmoning in Upper Bavaria but released; he returned safely to the brotherhood in Moravia. In two songs Hans Zuckenhammer described the arrest and imprisonment. Wolf Rauffer was seized again on the Wednesday following Easter in 1585 with Hans Aichner and Georg Bruckmaier in the vicinity of Ried (at that time belonging to Bavaria, now Upper Austria), taken to Burghausen on the Salzach, and executed on 14 August 1585. He is the author of the beautiful song, "Weil ich so arm und elend bin."

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: Part II ,754.

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: 1060 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III: 430.

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959


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Neff, Christian. "Rauffer, Wolf (d. 1585)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rauffer,_Wolf_(d._1585)&oldid=106622.

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Neff, Christian. (1959). Rauffer, Wolf (d. 1585). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rauffer,_Wolf_(d._1585)&oldid=106622.




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