Albert Frölich, a pastor in Hürtigheim, Alsace, France, author of the book, Sectentum und Separatismus im jetzigen kirchlichen Leben der evangelischen Bevölkerung Elsass-Lothringens (Strasbourg, 1889), which discusses the Mennonites (pp. 14-23). In the introduction he calls them "the peaceful descendants of the once wild and rude Anabaptist mobs," of whom he presents a completely false caricature. He explains that these Anabaptists found Alsace-Lorraine "probably because here there were still some remnants of older sects, and also because people were more tolerant here. This was particularly true of Strasbourg, where the synod of 1533 sought to prevent sectarianism. Through Menno Simons the movement was led into quieter channels." Then an attempt is made to describe their prosperity in Alsace-Lorraine and their experiences under pressure and persecution, in addition to their doctrines; but nothing new is presented. Of interest are the accounts of contemporary Mennonitism in Alsace-Lorraine, which are quoted in the article Alsace.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 13.
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