Baumgartner, Uli (17th century)

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Uli Baumgartner, a preacher of the Swiss Brethren at Dürstrütti near Langnau in the Emmental, canton of Bern, was seized on 25 September 1629 and led to Trachselwald and from there to Bern, where he was cruelly tortured on 2 November to turn him from the error of his faith. He is the subject of the beautiful Dürsrüttilied (Müller, Berner Täufer, 197, 122). Thirty years later (1659) an Uli Baumgärtner (Martyrs Mirror Dutch 826 gives his name as Uly Boogaert, and Martyrs Mirror English 1124 gives his name as Uly Bogart) of Lauperswyl (Rinderspach) with ten fellow believers, preachers, and leaders of the churches, including a Benedict Baumgärtner of Dürsrütti, were held imprisoned in Bern until 10 September 1660 when they were exiled to Holland. The last named returned to his home and was imprisoned again. Nothing further is known about them.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: Part II, 826.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 1124. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 141.

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 174, 179, 191.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 250-251. All rights reserved.

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