Alexander (d. 1533)

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Alexander, an Anabaptist martyr, a schoolmaster by vocation, also at one time a sexton, leader of the Anabaptists in Thuringia, was executed in November 1533 in Frankenhausen, Germany. Wappler (100) calls him "one of the noblest figures in the Anabaptist movement" of Middle Germany and responsible for the vigorous spread of Anabaptism in northern Thuringia and the southern Harz region. He was baptized at the end of 1529, probably by Volkmar Bernhard at Esperstedt, and was continuously active in an itinerant ministry of evangelism until his arrest at Frankenhausen in July 1532. He baptized many in the territory between Fulda and Frankenhausen. Wappler (348-351) presents his "confession" of 8 July 1533 which actually consists of his answers to the court inquisitor and is a valuable account of his activity as well as his methods and teachings.


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Wappler, P. Die Täuferbewegung in Thüringen von 1526-1584. Jena, 1913. 92-101, 348-352, et passim.

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Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1955

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