Zaug, Hans (17th century)

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Hans Zaug, an Anabaptist minister of the canton of Zürich, Switzerland, one of "seven of the preachers and principal elders (Vorsteher) of the church [who] were apprehended, for whom special prisons were prepared; namely, Uly Bogart, Anthony Hinnelberg, Jegly Schlebach, Hans Zoug, Uly Baumgarten, Christian Christians, and Rhode Peters, in Bern." Van Braght says of the occasion of this persecution: "The little flock of Christ having fled from the confines of Zürich to the regions of Berne, could at this time also there obtain no freedom, inasmuch as those of Berne, following the footsteps of those of Zürich, also undertook to lay hands on them, but especially on the shepherds and leaders of the church, in order that they might by this means, as it seems, cause the more terror among the innocent sheep and lambs of the scattered flock of Christ." They were kept at hard work on poor food, at first told they would be kept in prison for life, but later given a choice of three options: (1) to attend the state church, (2) to be perpetually banished to the galleys, or (3) to be executed. Van Braght reports no further knowledge of their fate, except that they were still in prison in 1659, nor does he know when they were arrested.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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: Part II, 826.

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: 1124. Available online at:

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1018. All rights reserved.

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