Adams, Heinrich (d. 1558)

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Capture of Hans Smit, Hendrik Adamsz, Hans Bek, Matthijs Smit, Dileman Snijder, and 7 others, Aachen, 1558.
Engraving by Jan Luiken v. 2, p. 209 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Heinrich Adams, a Hutterite martyr, was seized on a journey from Moravia to Holland in Aachen, Germany, 9 January 1558, with all his fellow worshipers as he attended a service there. Since he could not be persuaded to recant, he was executed on 22 October 1558, with his brother-in-law Hans Weckh. Adams composed two hymns of fifty-four and twelve stanzas respectively, probably in prison. The longer one contains in its first forty-two stanzas the acrostic, "Heinrich Adam meiner ehelichen Schwester Marien." About him an anonymous poet wrote a song of 105 stanzas, "Fröhlich so will ich heben an," the first sixty stanzas of which are published in the Zeitschrift des Aachener Geschichts-Vereins, 1884.

A Hinrich Adam, probably the same person, is the author of four hymns found in Die Lieder der hutterischen Brüder (Scottdale, 1914) 611-619.


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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1955

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