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Mennonites in Europe, Vol 1, Mennonite Publishing House, 1942, pg 67: An brief history on Hans Landis and his death.

This is a short discription of Hans Landis and the events surounding his death and beheading.

In Mennonites in Europe, Vol 1, Mennonite Publishing House, 1942, pg 67:

As an effort "to win the Anabaptists from their erroneous ways," the Council of Zurich arranged for a debate with them. The debate was held in Wadenswyl, on January 26, 1613, and was attended by fifteen Brethren (Anabaptists) including Hans Landis of Horgerberg. In the course of the discussions they were asked to render obedience to the Council. They in turn begged the Council to grant them liberty of conscience; in all things that are not contrary to their conscience, they said, they would be willingly obedient. Hans Landis made the statement that often persons came to him weeping and asking to be baptized. Shortly after this debate six Brethren were sentenced to the galleys. Three of them vacillated and yielded, the remaining three, among them Hans Landis, were delivered to the French ambassador in Solothurn. These three men escaped from prison at night, by the assistance of Bernese Brethren. They were let down from the city walls by ropes.

Hans Landis was again seized about a year later, and condemned to death. He was beheaded on September 29, 1614, in Zurich. While he was being led to the place of execution he was composed and calm. The executioner, who was personally acquainteded with him, was in great distress. He lifted up his hands to heaven and exclaimed, "God have mercy! I make lamentation to Him that you, Hands, have come into my hands in such a way. Forgive me for God's sake that which I must do to you." Forgiveness was granted, and Hands Landis died "a hero of the faith"--the last martyr of the Brethren in Switzerland.

The Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of South-eastern Pennsylvania: Hans Landis, who in 1614, against the prohibition of the government preached before large meetings in forest and field, baptized and solemnized marriages. He was, for that reason, taken prisoner and as he would not promise to cease such activities in the future, condemned to six years punishment on the galleys of Venice, but escaped. He returned to Switzerland and was soon recaptured and behaded on Sept 29, 1614.

Date9 Jan 2013
Linked toHOCHSTRASSER Barbara Margaretha; LANDIS Hans Heinrich (Heine)

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