Symon Fijts (16th century)

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Symon Fijts was a Mennonite preacher and elder at Texel, an island in the Dutch province of North Holland, in 1569. He visited the martyrs Tijs Juriaensz, a preacher, and Jan Claesz of Muíden in prison and was present at their execution. He was a personal friend of Jan Smit, who was hanged by the Spaniards in 1572 at Haarlem. He furnished valuable material concerning these martyrs to the editors of the martyrbook, Historie der warachtighe getuygen Jesu Christi (1617), which van Braght used in his Martyrs' Mirror.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: II, 481, 641.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 823, 962. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1873): 141; (1899): 104, 120.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 644.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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