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Bruck is seat of the district government in Styria (Austria), where the Anabaptist movement became widespread in the 16th century. Here nine men and three women were martyred in 1528. It was a moving tragedy that was played here. While the Brethren were bound and led to the place of execution, they were undismayed and said, "Today we will suffer at this place for the sake of God's Word and offer Him our sacrifice." They appealed earnestly to the conscience of the councilors of Bruck, warning them against shedding innocent blood. The youngest wished to be the first to receive the death blow. The chronicle says, "They were undismayed and it was wonderful to see how cheerfully they shed their blood." The three sisters likewise went to their death by drowning with joyful hearts. Some considered their steadfastness as the work of the devil, but others were moved to exclaim, "God must be doing this; otherwise it would not be possible." The song, "Nun wollen wir aber singen jetzt und zu dieser Frist" (16 stanzas), deals with this execution. It is found in Wackernagel, Kirchenlied and in the Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder.

Bibliography

Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967: 68.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 277.

Die Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder: Gesangbuch darinnen viel und mancherlei schöne Betrachtungen, Lehren, Vermahnungen, Lobgesänge und Glaubensbekenntnisse, von vielen Liebhabern Gottes gedichtet und aus vielen Geschichten und Historien der heiligen Schrift zusammengetragen, allen frommen Liebhabern Gottes sehr nützlich zu singen und zu lessen. Scottdale, Pa. : Mennonitisches Verlagshaus, 1914. Reprinted Cayley, AB: Hutterischen Brüdern in Kanada, 1962: 25.

Loserth, Johann. "Wiedertäufer in Steiermark." Mittheilungen des Historischen Vereines für Steiermark 62 (1894): 125.

Wackernagel, Philipp. Das deutsche Kirchenlied von der ältesten Zeit bis zu An fang des XVII. Jahrhunderts, 5 vols. Leipzig, 1864-1877. Reprinted Hildesheim: G. Olms, 1964: v. III, 467.

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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1953


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Hege, Christian. "Bruck an der Mur (Styria, Austria)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bruck_an_der_Mur_(Styria,_Austria)&oldid=91255.

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Hege, Christian. (1953). Bruck an der Mur (Styria, Austria). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bruck_an_der_Mur_(Styria,_Austria)&oldid=91255.




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