The idea that Bernhard Rothmann was living in Rostock (derived from a letter written by the council of Löeck to that of Rostock on 6 June 1537) is probably an error. It is more likely that Obbe Philips lived here for a time. This was reported to Johann Gartzen, pastor of the church of St. Peter in Hamburg, by Joachim Kükenbiter, a pastor in Schwerin in 1538, with the information that Philips was trying to lure his brethren in other towns of Mecklenburg to Rostock. Obbe Philips presumably wrote his important confession (Bekentenisse) in Rostock. From this place twenty important tracts were sent to the Mennonites in Holland.
On 28 July 1548, the council of Rostock issued a new decree against the Anabaptists. All persons who had come to the city from the Netherlands within the previous four years were required to present to the authorities within eight days a testimonial from their former residence showing that they were not poisoned by the wicked error of Anabaptism and had lived an honest life there. Those who were unable to do this were requested to leave the city and its environs within eight days. From that time nothing more is heard of Anabaptists in Rostock. They may have remained quietly in the city for a long time; a large part of them migrated to Prussia and Lithuania or joined the Lutherans. In 1912 fifteen Mennonites were counted in the city.
Dollinger, R. Geschicte der Mennoniten in Schleswig-Holstein. Neumünster, 1930: 193.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 550.
Mennonitische Blätter (1912): 87.
Wichmann, C. M. Mecklenburgs altniedersächsische Literatur II. 1600-25. Schwerin, 1885.
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