Kuntz, Elsa (d. 1530)
Elsa Kuntz (Cuntz), an Anabaptist martyr, was put to death at Reinhardsbrunn near Gotha, Germany, with five companions on 18 January 1530 because she refused to recant. The execution attracted much attention. Melanchthon tried to defend her, and Justus Menius in this connection published his book, Der Widdertauffer lere (1530), with a foreword by Luther, in which he takes a position of opposition to the Anabaptists (see Kolb, Andreas and Katharina).
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 587.
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