Grünfelder, Hans (d. 1538)

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Hans Grünfelder, an Anabaptist martyr, a native of Lüsen in Tyrol, Austria, served first as deacon, then  as preacher in his home church and in the vicinity of Michelsburg and Schöneck. At the end of November or the beginning of December 1537 he was seized in the Oetz Valley with Sebastian Glaser and taken to Imst. Dr. Gall (see Gallus Müller) was sent to Imst to convert them, but his trouble was in vain. The confession made by Grünfelder reveals that he had joined the Anabaptist congregation two years before and had at first stayed in the Puster Valley. Concerning the death of the prisoners, who were joined by Old Oswald of the Oetz Valley, Griesinger wrote to Hans Amon and Ulrich Stadler and the entire brotherhood in Moravia: "We [Griesinger and Lochmaier] cannot refrain from writing to our brethren. They testified with great joy to the holy Word of the Lord, as you already know,; but not in detail. I cannot really describe their joy. When Bastl and Hansel were executed, about 1,000 persons were present. Hansel cried out quite loud, admonishing and warning the people. Bastl did too, until his death, together with Old Oswald. The populace was quite horrified. It is true, as the wise man says, Neither the aged nor the gray will be spared. They did not let their legs finish burning, but threw them into the water; we hope that their witness was not in vain." Bastl Glaser is the author of two hymns. Griesinger's account is in part taken verbatim from the Geschicht-Buch.


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Die Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder: Gesangbuch darinnen viel und mancherlei schöne Betrachtungen, Lehren, Vermahnungen, Lobgesänge und Glaubensbekenntnisse, von vielen Liebhabern Gottes gedichtet und aus vielen Geschichten und Historien der heiligen Schrift zusammengetragen, allen frommen Liebhabern Gottes sehr nützlich zu singen und zu lessen. Scottdale, Pa. : Mennonitisches Verlagshaus, 1914. Reprinted Cayley, AB: Hutterischen Brüdern in Kanada, 1962: 71-74.

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Author(s) Johann Loserth
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 604. All rights reserved.

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