Milotitz (Morava, Czech Republic)
Milotitz, a region in southeastern Moravia, which included the villages of Svatoboric and Wäzenobitz (Slavic, Vacenovice), containing Hutterite Bruderhofs. During the Hungarian Wars and in the period of rebellion at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War they were severely damaged. The Bruderhof Wäzenobitz was burned down in June 1665 by attacking Hungarians; four brethren met a violent death. A band of Turk and Tatar marauders seized the Milotitz castle in July, and inflicted much loss on the Hutterites living near by.
In 1615 the treatment which the Wäzenobitz Bruderhof received from Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Waldstein, lord of Milotitz, was especially rough. He imposed such heavy labor upon them that both they and their horses were seriously injured, and refused to pay them for the goods they made for him. When he finally began to repay them in produce, he required the Brethren to pay several hundred florins for it, thus doubly injuring them. When they complained and declared their inability to pay he had their housekeeper arrested in his castle until some neighboring noblemen interceded for them. Unable to endure the treatment any longer, the preachers withdrew to Schädowitz and the entire colony prepared to vacate. Then Waldstein finally yielded and promised to pay his debts and take a more friendly attitude; so the Brethren promised in return to stay. The case of Waldstein shows that besides the numerous Moravian nobles who appreciated the Hutterian Brethren and were kindly disposed to them, there were occasionally some who wished to enrich themselves forcibly at their expense.
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