Gremser, Hansel (16th century)

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Hansel Gremser, an Anabaptist of whom nothing has been handed down except his confession. He was won to the Anabaptists by Jakob Hutter at Vilnöss, Tyrol, in 1531. When the Anabaptist persecutions in Tyrol were at their height, he was seized and tried. His statements are found in his confession of 1 July 1533. It is located in the episcopal archives at Brixen, Tyrol. He admits having been baptized by Jakob Hutter. Twice he has received communion in the manner of the Anabaptists, the first time in Moravia, the second in Vilnöss. The Brethren take communion as a memorial of Christ, but they do not believe that it contains the true body and blood of Christ. They reject the Mass. . . . The mother of Jesus was a virgin both before and after His birth; they hold her in high esteem, though they know no worship of saints. The images in the church they consider idols; he has himself broken one since becoming an Anabaptist. They reject the oral confessional; sins must be confessed to the entire brotherhood. For his part he would not object to confessing to pious priests. The Anabaptists recognize each other in case of question with the words, "I do Christian works." Their greeting is, "The peace of God be with you." They carry no weapons. All things should be in common. They do not reject the government if it supports the good and punishes the bad. Concerning Gremser's fate nothing is known.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 171 f.

Loserth, Johann. Der Anabaptismus in Tirol. Vienna: F. Tempsky, 1892: 517.

Author(s) Loserth Johann
Date Published 1956

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