Mittermaier, Hans (d. 1529)

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Hans Mittermaier, an Anabaptist martyr, a native of Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany, therefore called Hans (Hanslein) of Ingolstadt. He was baptized by Hans Hut about 1527. It is possible that he became a leader soon after his joining the brotherhood, for he was one of the participants in the Martyrs' Synod at Augsburg at the end of August 1527. He was sent with Leonhard Dorfbrunner as a missionary to Upper Austria. Dorfbrunner did not reach the field assigned him, for he was captured in Passau and died there at the stake in January 1528. Mittermaier went on to Linz, and there served the "brotherhood in the land of the Ems" with Wolfgang Brandhuber after the complete destruction of the Anabaptist congregation in the town of Steyr. But his work was of short duration. In 1529 the two men with 75 members were seized in Linz, and put to death together, some by beheading and the others by burning.

In the accounts given by the Hutterite chronicle and the Martyrs Mirror Hans Nidermair (Niedermaier) was named as the preacher of the group, but according to the court records of Linz which were sent to the council of Augsburg, he is probably identical with Mittermaier.


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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 719-720. All rights reserved.

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