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Mennonite Encyclopedia, Volume 111, 1957: An encyclopedic entry on the life and death of Hans Landis.

A short description of the life and death of Hans Landis and his relationship to teh Anabaptist movement in Europe.

Mennonite Encyclopedia, Volume 111, 1957:

Landis, Hans. A Swiss Brethren martyr, a preacher from Wadenswil in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, was imprisoned in the Wellenberg in 1608; after a few months his fellow prisoners managed to release him from the chains, and all escaped. The others were soon captured, but Hans reached his native village. Another attempt was made to indoctrinate the Anabaptists to win them to the state church. On Jan. 21, 1613, the first disputation of the government with them took place at Wadenswil. It was fruitless, as was also the second one, held Feb. 23. Thereupon, Hans Landis was again put in prison with five other Brethren. In early August negotiations were begun. Landis remained "stiff-necked." He refused to emigrate, saying that the earth was the Lord's; no one had authority to send them away out of the country; they were going to stay in the country.

On Aug. 25, 1613, all six brethren were condemned to galley service and were to be delivered to the French minister at Soluthrun on the next day. Once more they were given permission to emigrate, with a week's time to decide. Three wavered and consented; the others encouraged Landis to be faithful. These three (Hans Landis, Galli Fuchs, and Stephan Zehnder) were taken to Soluthrun and lodged in prison to await transport. In three days they escaped.

In December 1613 Hands Landis, having returned to minister to his flock, was again seized. In prison he wrote to his church and his friend. He asked his wife for the Doms-buchli (the Confessio of the martyr Thomas von Imbroich, q.v.). He was questioned on the rack. On sept. 29, 1614, he was sentenced to death and was beheaded the next day. This was the last Anabaptist execution in Zurich.

In a statistical anylysis of the execution of Anabaptists by Claus-Peter Clasen, only one Anabaptist (Hans Landis) was executed in Switzerland in the years 1610-1618, and only one in the years 1590-1599.



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

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