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Velké Bilovice (formerly known as Pil(l)owitz or Bil(l)owitz), a village located 20 miles west of Göding in the Southern Moravian Region, in which the Hutterian Brethren acquired a house with all its equipment in 1545. Here occurred the death of deacon Gregor Pehem. Johann von Zierotin, the proprietor of Pillowitz, gave the Brethren a meadow in 1571 for a vineyard. One day in 1595 "in broad daylight" a fire was set in the roof of the Hutterite school, destroying not only the Bruderhof, but also a large part of the village. In April and June of 1600 the cavalry of Count Thurn caused a vast amount of damage. The Brethren fared even worse at the hands of the troops of the revolting Hungarians who had crossed into Moravian territory and on 7 May 1605, burned Pillowitz to the ground, after murdering four Breth­ren. For years the site remained desolate. In 1614, at the wish of the new Baron Ladislav Velen von Zierotin, the Brethren erected a new Bruderhof, which was burned down by Dampierre's soldiers in 1619. The Hutterites rebuilt once more, but in 1622 had to leave Pillowitz for good.

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: III, 375.

Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Die älteste Chronik der Hutterischen Brüder: Ein Sprachdenkmal aus frühneuhochdeutscher Zeit Ithaca: Cayuga Press, 1943.

Author(s) Paul Dedic
Date Published 1959

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Dedic, Paul. "Velké Bilovice (Okres Břeclav, Jihomoravský kraj, Czech Republic)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 23 Jun 2017.,_Jihomoravsk%C3%BD_kraj,_Czech_Republic)&oldid=133264.

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Dedic, Paul. (1959). Velké Bilovice (Okres Břeclav, Jihomoravský kraj, Czech Republic). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 June 2017, from,_Jihomoravsk%C3%BD_kraj,_Czech_Republic)&oldid=133264.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 181. All rights reserved.

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