Mair, Wolf (d. 1559)

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Wolf (Wolfgang) Mair, a Hutterite martyr, was seized widi Wolf Huber, near Tittmoning, Austria, in 1559, taken to Salzburg, and cruelly tortured to force him to name those who had given him shelter; but he betrayed no one. Then the monks and priests tried to make him abjure his faith. "They put them all to shame with the Word of God, and their testimony and with their steadfastness, and showed that their faith was the way of divine truth to eternal life in Christ Jesus, on which they would stay with God's help." Then they were taken back to Tittmoning and condemned to die there on 10 November 1559. They sang joyfully on their way to execution. At the site Wolf Mair cried out to the people, "Today I will offer unto my God a true burnt sacrifice, pay my vows, and testify with my blood to the divine truth." In prison he wrote to his wife, describing the two examinations on the rack, relating his conversation with the officials, and assuring her that he would die cheerfully, knowing that his family was provided for. Van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror states that he was executed at Luxembourg. He is known as the author of two songs: "Wo soll ich mich hinkehren, Mein Gott, in dieser Frist" (12 stanzas), "Wo soll ich mich hinkehren, Mein Gott, in diesem Zwang" (12 stanzas).


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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