Plattner, Hans (d. 1574)

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Hans Plattner (Basseyrer, Passeier, Peltner), an Anabaptist martyr, a tailor, was beheaded in 1574 at Rotenholz in Tyrol in the Inn Valley.

"He was . . . conducted forth to the place of execution, where he admonished the people to desist from sin and repent. Then he kneeled down, turning his face to the East, . . . lifted his hands to heaven and poured out an earnest prayer to God his heavenly Father, thanking and praising Him for all the grace and benefits shown him, and that He had made him worthy to suffer for His name. He also prayed for all people who were worthy, that God would put repentance and amendment into their hearts. Final­ly he commended his spirit into the hands of God, for whose name he was willing to offer up again his life and body (which he had received from Him), and to testify to His truth even to his last drop of blood, as he had promised Him on baptism, and would thus expect to be received of Him into His gracious arms. . . . When he had finished praying, he rose and went boldly toward the execution­er, so that neither his face nor his color changed, but he knelt down again so intrepidly, that the executioner was consternated by his valiant praying and undaunted mind, and became afraid to execute him."

Plattner is the author of two hymns: "Ach hilf mich leid and sehnlich klag all Tag" (three stanzas) and "Hilf, Herr, in dieser Not, sieh an die schwere Pein" (13 stanzas). He is also the subject of the hymn: "Hört zu, was wir euch singen thon, ir Got-tes hausgenossen" (43 stanzas), an acrostic on the name  "Hans  Blatner aus Passeir, ein  Schneider."


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 188-189. All rights reserved.

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