Wels (Oberösterreich, Austria)

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Wels, a town in Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), the seat of an Anabaptist congregation in 1528, which was, however, soon violently suppressed by the government. A number of members fled from the town when persecution set in. In 1528 Luther sent a warning concerning them to Wenzel Link, a clergyman in Nürnberg. Those who remained were arrested and those who did not recant were executed. At least twelve suffered martyrdom. (See Haslinger, Leonhard for an account of the trial and other particulars.) The captain's report, dated 8 June 1528, gives their names as Hans Neumair, Leonhard Haslinger, Hans Steinpeckh, Jörg Zacherle, Ulrich Perger, Jörg Kneuzinger, Peckenknecht, and two shoemaker's apprentices, both named Sebastian (Wastl). On the following Monday the wives of Haslinger and Zacherle, both named Barbara, were drowned. Madlen, the wife of Steinpeckh, was pregnant and was not executed until after the birth of her child. Six persons proffered the required oath and were released.


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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1959

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