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Thomas Streck, a Mennonite, a native of Wachtebeke in Flanders, lived at Ghent, Belgium, where he was arrested in 1566. Although he was only 18 years of age, he very eloquently and firmly confessed his faith. He is said to have "seduced" many persons, and for his "heresy" he was sentenced to death. For some reason or other the execution was postponed. Thomas, being very frank, requested his release. Verheyden believes that he was not put to death but sent to the galleys after 10 June 1566.


Verheyden, A. L. E. "De Doopsgezinden te Gent 1530-1630." Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis en Oudheidkunde te Gent (1943): 114 ff.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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