Hartmann, Heinrich (d. 1639)

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Neither the Hutterian "Vä­terlied," which is not sparing in its expressions of praise, nor the Geschichts-Bücher have much to say about Heinrich Hartmann, the head of the entire brotherhood in Hungary. On 17 March 1631 he was ordained preacher with two other brethren; he served "about 28 years." The Ge­schichts-Bücher report that after the death of Valentin Winter, all the preachers and dea­cons and many other trusted Brethren assembled at Sobotiste and after adequate deliberation unani­mously entrusted the leadership to Hartmann on 3 December 1631. The "Väterlied," however, says he was elected by a majority vote rather than a unani­mous vote. Great difficulty befell the brotherhood in the following year, when Niagy Michaly Ferencz, part owner of the household at Sobotiste, tried to compel the Brethren to perform gratuitous labor, contrary to the terms of the contract given them. Hartmann was most rudely treated. With two other Brethren he was placed in a dark, stink­ing, filthy chamber. Even the intercession of the Palatin benefited them little, for Ferencz openly scoffed at the right of anyone, whether Palatin or even the king, to interfere with the rights granted him by Hungarian law. Hartmann was finally re­leased, of course upon payment of a sum of money. The Geschichts-Bücher discuss this incident at great length, in order (they say) that their descendants may see what Hungarian laws can accomplish. Heinrich Hartmann died 29 September 1639.


Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967: 363, 440 ff.

Hege, Christian and Neff, Christian. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 258

Author(s) Johann Loserth
Date Published 1959

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