Reber, Samuel (18th century)

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Samuel Reber (Räber), a Mennonite living at Trub in the Emmental, Swiss canton of Bern, "having endured much persecution, oppression, and chains," was put on board a boat on 18 March 1710, with 44 men and 12 women and taken down the Rhine to be deported to America. He escaped and returned to Switzerland contrary to his promise, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Dutch ambassador at Bern, Runckel, intervened and had him released. Reber was then, at the age of 75, against his will, put on a boat with Hans Bürky and taken down the Rhine to be settled in the Netherlands. But he left the boat at Mannheim with other passengers, mostly followers of Hans Reist. Then all trace of Reber is lost.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 433.

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 111, 296, 302, 304, 307.

Author(s) Ernst Crous
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 259. All rights reserved.

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