Dechtitz (Hungary)

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Dechtitz (Magyar, Dejte) was a village in Hungary where Hutterites expelled from Moravia settled in the 17th century. Their Bruderhof was ruined on 3 September 1663 by Turkish troops; 35 inmates, mostly women, were carried away and some were killed. In the spring of 1664 the Bruderhof was ravaged by imperial troops, so that nothing was left to sustain life. In consequence of the continued molestation by soldiers in the summer and autumn they had to leave their desolate home. On 15 and 16 August 1683, it was reduced to ashes by Turks and Tatars. Descendants of the Anabaptists who remained are still living in Dechtitz; they are Catholics.


Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967: 427, 508, 517, 541.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 397.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1956

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