Beck, Hans (Moravia, 16th century)

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Hans Beck (Peckh), from Greding near Eichstätt, Bavaria, was imprisoned with his wife Elisabeth in the Oberhaus, a castle near Passau. On 14 September 1535 he was tried with his fellow prisoners and confessed that he had been baptized by Blasy Khumauf (Blasius Kühn) of Bruchsal, and that he had been previously imprisoned at Eggenburg in Lower Austria, but released after he and 20 others had been branded by burning through the cheeks (Wolkan, 30). He is evidently identical with Johann Peck (Martyrs Mirror), who lay in the castle at Passau with 12 others for nine years. Through the intercession of a baron of Jamits, who traveled 36 miles (58 km) to redeem the prisoners by his pledge for their good behavior, they were released. They probably settled in the village of Pausram in Moravia, where they formed a congregation of Swiss Brethren beside the Hutterites. Three brothers (monks) from the church at Thessalonica, the present Saloniki in Macedonia, are said to have come to him; through Hans Beck they discussed the articles of faith in Latin, agreed remarkably well, and took communion together. Then they left with the kiss of love and tears in their eyes, and returned to Thessalonica.

Hans Beck is not to be confused with the Hans Peckh (Hans Weckh) named in the Geschichts-Buch.


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 I, 401.

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: 366. Available online at:  

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 149.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923: 30, 105.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 258. All rights reserved.

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