Bischweiler (Alsace, France)

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Bischweiler (Bischwiller), a town in Alsace, which was a part of the possessions of the barons of Eschenau when about 1535 an Anabaptist movement became evident here. At the wish of Ludwig von Eschenau, who was the bailiff of the Duke of Zweibrücken, the parson of Zweibrücken, Johann Schwebel, sent to Bischweiler "a friendly admonition and instruction to some who are suspected of rebaptism." The Anabaptists of Bischweiler wrote an anonymous reply to this letter, and presented it to the baron through a Hans Hoffner. Thereupon Schwebel directed a second, still longer warning to Hans Hoffner in Bischweiler. The author of the Anabaptist reply was perhaps Georg Pistor, who was the Protestant pastor at Ernstweiler near Zweibrücken and had to resign because of his Anabaptist inclination.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 225.

Jung, Fritz. Johannes Schwebel, der Reformator von Zweibrücken. Kaiserslautern : Kayser, 1910: 119 f., 205.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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