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Vellenberg, a castle four miles southwest of Inns­bruck, Austria, today a significant ruin; in the 16th century it had a tower in which Anabaptists were imprisoned. Hans Mandel, who lay there in 1561, described it thus: "It is rather deep, I have heard six fathoms; but it has a small window at the top and the sun shines in a while, so that it is light." It was then full of vermin and especially bats. Jörg (Georg) Liebich lay in this dun­geon for years (1538-1542). Ursula Hellrigl, who was arrested for her faith at the age of 18 and spent 5 years in three dungeons, was in the Vellen­berg tower for 1½ years.

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 409.

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

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 805. All rights reserved.

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