Kürschner, Michael (d. 1529)
Michael Kürschner (Kirsner, Kirschner, Klesinger), an Anabaptist martyr,
was baptized in June 1528 in Eisack Valley of Tyrol, Austria (now Italy), by Georg Zaunring, who was later the traveling
companion of Jakob Hutter, and was appointed by Zaunring
as the head of the local Anabaptist group. His mission field after August was
the Eisack and Adige Valley, especially around Teutsch-Noffen, Gufidaun, Kurtatsch, Kaltern, Leifers, and Klausen,
where he baptized over 100 persons. Before his conversion to Anabaptism he
had been court recorder at Völs. The authorities kept a sharp lookout for him
and caught him and seven others at a service on the night of 25 April 1529
at Kitzbühel. He was taken to Innsbruck and imprisoned
in the Krauter tower. He refused all attempts to convert him, and died at the
stake on 2 June 1529 at Innsbruck. The authorities were in such haste with
this execution that they did not even wait for word from Ferdinand, to whom
the case had been reported (Loserth, 468, 470 f.).
Georg Blaurock, one of the founders of the movement, took charge of the orphaned congregation. He arrived there in May 1529, accompanied by Hans Langegger of Ritten in the Eisack Valley, and after a brief period of work also died at the stake in Klausen.
See also Kuntersweg
Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967: 90.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 602.
Loserth, Johann. Der Anabaptismus in Tirol. Vienna: F. Tempsky, 1892.
Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Die älteste Chronik der Hutterischen Brüder: Ein Sprachdenkmal aus frühneuhochdeutscher Zeit. Ithaca: Cayuga Press, 1943: 74.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 261. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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