Paraditz (Czech Republic)
Paraditz (Czech, Bořetice) near Scheikowitz (Czech, Cajkovice) in the Goding (Hodonin) district, became the seat of a Hutterite Bruderhof, after a house was bought in 1545 by the deacon Thomas Seckler and the interpreter Thomas Schmid. The decision of the Brno Landtag of 1545 was not put into effect in Paraditz until 1547, when the Hutterites emigrated to Hungary. When they were again admitted to Moravia they returned to Paraditz, where in 1570 the preacher Hans Schlachindpfann or Klampferer, "a highly gifted man," died. In 1569 a quarrel developed between the Brethren and the barons, when the latter refused to pay for the work in the vineyards. The Hutterites there upon stopped working and the baron took away their house and expelled them from his lands. They turned to Koblitz, a half hour away, where a new Bruderhof was just being set up. But in 1599, ten years later, the new baron Wenzel Hrubcicky von Cechtin of Budkau returned the house to the brotherhood, and the Brethren settled there again. In the middle of July 1605 Paraditz and a number of neighboring villages were burned down by Hungarian troops. It is not definitely known whether the Bruderhof was set up again. It is not named among those that had to be abandoned in 1622.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 117. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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