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Heinrich Aberli, a baker in Zürich, who joined the Anabaptist movement about 1525, and was soon among the most zealous of Conrad Grebel's followers. He boldly disregarded the regulations concerning fasts, thereby creating a stir. In  contemporary  reports  his  conduct is  repeatedly described as defiant. From Waldshut, where he was a voluntary trooper among the Zürich guards who were to defend Waldshut, he wrote an interesting letter to his home city. It was he who sheltered Balthasar Hubmaier in his homewhen he fled from Waldshut to Zürich, until the city government traced him there and imprisoned him). He was a signatory of the letter written to Thomas Müntzer on 5 September 1524  by the Zürich opponents of infant baptism.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1955

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