Mecenseffy, Grete (1899-1985)

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Born 9 August 1899 in Vienna and resident there her entire life, Mecenseffy taught history and German in secondary school and also in the Volkshochschule (continuing education for adults). Her research field was 17th century Hapsburg political history, especially relations between Spain and Austria. In 1947 she returned to the University of Vienna for a second doctor's degree, this one in theology, and then taught church history and history of dogma at the Protestant Faculty of the University of Vienna, the first woman to hold a chair in the faculty, and one of the earliest Austrian women to be ordained to the ministry (in the Austrian Reformed Church). In 1952 she narrowed her studies from Protestants in Austria to Austrian Anabaptists. She wrote at least 128 significant scholarly works (including three major books) on various aspects of Austrian or Moravian Anabaptism. During the last 33 years of her life she gathered and edited 1,740 printed pages of Anabaptist documents in three volumes of Austrian Täuferakten (Anabaptist documentary sources) Grete Mecenseffy died 11 September 1985.


Fast, Heinold "Nachrufe auf Grete Mecenseffy Liesel Quiring-Unruh, Frank H. Epp." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter 43-44 (1986-87): 234-240.

Oyer, John S. "Grete Mecenseffy, 1898­1985." Mennonite Quarterly Review 60 (1986): 104.

Raddatz, Alfred and Kurth Lüthi, eds. Evangelischer Glaube und Geschichte: Grete Mecenseffy zum 85. Geburtstag. Vienna: Evangelischer Oberkirchenrat, 1984: The bibliography of her publications & 11-20.

Mecenseffy, Grete. "In Memoriam: Robert Friedmann." Mennonite Quarterly Review 48 (1974): 187-192.

Reformiertes Kirchenblatt für Osterreich. Vienna, especially several years in the 1950s when she was coeditor.

Her own writings, some 138 items, especially

Geschichte des Protestantismus in Osterreich (Graz: Böhlau, 1956), her most important study beyond Anabaptism.

Mecenseffy, Grete, ed., Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer, vol. 11: Osterreich, vol. 1, Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte, 31. Gütersloh, 1964.

Mecenseffy, Grete, ed. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer, vol. 13: Osterreich, vol. 2. 1973.

Mecenseffy, Grete, ed. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer, vol. 14: Osterreich, vol. 3 1983.

Author(s) John S Oyer
Date Published 1988

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