Gerspitz, a village in Moravia near Austerlitz (Slavkov) with a Hutterite Bruderhof. It belonged to the feudal estate of Ulrich von Kaunitz, who caused the Anabaptists severe oppression. He made them responsible for economic losses he suffered, took away their grain and cattle, deprived weavers, barbers, and tailors of their trade, so that the Anabaptists threatened to emigrate. A large part of them actually left in the summer of 1603. Those who remained suffered severe loss during the Bohemian revolt. The Chronicles report, "On December 29, 1620, early in the morning before dawn, the Bruderhof at Austerlitz and Gerspitz was unexpectedly attacked by several hundred horsemen who hastily plundered the place; many brethren, sisters, and children ran into the pond, which was not yet frozen over, and two sisters and a child were drowned. The next year, on February 2, Poles attacked Gerspitz, shooting the housekeeper and burning the gardener."
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