Lienz (Tyrol, Austria)
Lienz, a city (pop. 10,000) in eastern Tyrol, Austria, in the Drau Valley, where there were Anabaptists especially around 1530, so that the magistrate was ordered by the government in 1533 to pursue them with all diligence, to offer rewards of 60 to 100 florins for information leading to the capture of their leaders, and to spare no effort or money in their extermination. Two years later orders came from Innsbruck to block the migrations to Moravia in Lienz. In 1576 the bishop of Salzburg called the attention of the Innsbruck government to the increase of the Anabaptists in Lienz; thereupon the government sent the Lienz authorities orders to act aggressively. The Hutterite Jakob Platzer fell into the hands of the authorities here in 1585, who had him and four companions instructed in the Catholic faith for four weeks in prison. In order to win his release Platzer recanted at a public service in the church of St. Andrew, but immediately returned to the brotherhood, was seized again in nearby Sillian in 1591, and beheaded after a long imprisonment. In 1588, the magistrate passed new measures against the Anabaptists.
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