Fischer, Andreas (ca. 1480-1540)
Evidence suggests that Andreas Fischer was born ca. 1480 in Bohemia and was educated at the University of Vienna. He was likely baptized by Hans Hut or Oswald Glait, and appears with Glait in Silesia in 1528 as a leader and spokesperson for the Sabbatarian Anabaptists there.
Between 1529 and 1532, Fischer worked as a missionary in Slovakia and had some success among the miners there. He narrowly escaped execution; his wife was drowned. He moved to the Nikolsburg area about 1532 and assumed the position of leadership among the Schwertler faction that had been left vacant by the exit to Prussia of Hans Spittelmayr. The Hutterite Chronicle reports that this group soon became known as "Sabbatarians."
Liechty, Daniel. Andreas Fischer and Sabbatarian Anabaptism: an Early Reformation Episode in East Central Europe. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1988.
Mennonite Quarterly Review 58 (1984): 125-132.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 299. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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