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Bučovice (Pudespitz, German: Putschowitz, Butschowitz), a market village east of Austerlitz in Moravia (coordinates: 49° 8′ 56.24″ N, 17° 0′ 6.86″ E), where the Hutterian Brethren established a Bruderhof in 1536 or 1537. It was at that time the property of Anna von Ojnic. Ulrich Stadler of Brixen, Austria, who had led the Brethren from Austerlitz to Poland during the persecution in Austerlitz, had returned to Moravia and united with the Hutterites, bringing with him about 100 persons, and served as Vorsteher in Butschowitz. He is known for the letters he wrote advocating an extension of the authority of the preachers. He died here in 1540. Five years later an additional 500 Gabrielites united with the Hutterian Brethren here. The persecution of 1547 apparently brought this Bruderhof to an end. From here the Brethren found entry in the following years into Bohnslavic, Urschitz, and Milonic. At about this time a congregation of Picards also arose in Bučovice.


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Map:Bučovice (Jihomoravský kraj, Czech Republic)

Author(s) Christian Hege
Paul Dedic
Date Published 1953, 1959

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Hege, Christian and Paul Dedic. (1953, 1959). Bučovice (Jihomoravský kraj, Czech Republic). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 May 2017, from,_Czech_Republic)&oldid=91273.

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