Rack, Jorg (d. 1561)

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Jorg (Georg) Rack (Räck) (Georg Mair), a Hutterite martyr, a deacon from Pfons, a village under the jurisdiction of Steinach, Tyrol, Austria, was seized with Hans Mändl and Eustachius Kotter on 15 November 1560, in the neighborhood of Rosenheim. On 26 and 27 January 1561, he was cross-examined both without and with the use of the rack. He remained steadfast. The confession of faith made by the three martyrs has been preserved in the library of the University of Vienna. On 13 June (some sources say 10 June) they were sentenced to death and were executed at Innsbruck on the same day. Kotter was beheaded first, then Rack, who died happily with the words, "Here I forsake wife and child, house and property, life and body for the sake of divine truth." He is the author of two songs: "Ich ruf zu dir, o Vater mein" (nine stanzas), and "Mein Gott, ich tu dich bitten von ganzem Herzen mein" (ten stanzas). Loserth's statement (Mennonite Encyclopedia: III, 454) that Rack wrote three songs is apparently inaccurate. Jörg Rack, Hans Mändl, and Eustachius Kotter are the subjects of a hymn by Andreas Ehrenpreis.


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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, pp. 241-242. All rights reserved.

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