Menno Linden (Fresenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany)

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The "Menno Linden" is a very old splendid linden tree which stands before a small house near Fresenburg, between Hamburg and Lübeck in North Germany, which in the 1950s was a poorhouse. According to tradition this house was occupied by Menno's printer, and the tree was planted by Menno himself, hence the name. This story, though it is quite improbable, shows how tenaciously Menno's memory has attached itself to the locality where he spent the last years of his life. On 6 September 1922 a brief gilded inscription was put on the tree. In 1954 the Menno Stone was moved from its location in the adjacent field to the Menno Linden.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 95.

Mennonitische Blätter (1902) with picture.

van der Smissen, H. Mennostein und Mennolinde zu Fresenburg. Hamburg, 1922.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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Neff, Christian. "Menno Linden (Fresenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 21 Sep 2018.,_Niedersachsen,_Germany)&oldid=144383.

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Neff, Christian. (1957). Menno Linden (Fresenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 September 2018, from,_Niedersachsen,_Germany)&oldid=144383.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 576. All rights reserved.

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