Hamberge (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
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Hamberge, a village west of Lübeck, Germany (coordinates: 53° 50′ 20″ N, 10° 34′ 37″ E). Here and in the adjacent Hansfelde, Mennonite families were living in the middle of the 18th century. The only names known are Wienantz and Wibbe, whose bearers were already resident here in 1700.
A significant concession was made to the Mennonites here sometime before 1654, when they were given a part of the cemetery for the burial of the Mennonite dead of Hamberge, Hansfelde, and also Lübeck. The preacher Herman Hermansen (Härmen Harmens) was buried here in 1713. The earliest information concerning this cemetery is given by the Lutheran Pastor Christian Rodatz, who was in Hamberge in 1645-66, and took a more friendly attitude toward the Anabaptists than his colleagues (see Lübeck). His successor, Michael Leopoldi, was of a somewhat different mind, as the inspection report of Christian von Stökken, the Superintendent of Eutin, shows, ". . . only that the Anabaptists have their own burial here in the cemetery, which they bought with money, for which everything can be had today." The dead were also carried through the church, in at the south door and out at the north. Besides the purchase price they had the usual fees to pay; they had "to pay to the pastor the quarterly fee and offering, as well as to the sexton the proper dues at definite times, and probably more than others paid" (according to later information they paid a double fee). When the Mennonites became fewer their burial site was reduced. In 1734 the parson required them to repair the fence; Wiebert Wiebe appealed in the name of the group to the Domkapitel, probably with success. That is the last we hear of them.
Like the Mennonites of Lübeck, those of Hamberge and Hansfelde disappeared, partly by dying out and partly by emigration.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 239.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 638-639. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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