Jacob Dirks (d. 1568)

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Burning of Jakob Dircks and sons, Antwerp, 1568. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror Martyrs Mirror , v. 2, p. 371 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives Mennonite Library and Archives

Jacob Dirks (Dircks, Diericsens), a native of Wageningen, Dutch province of Gelderland, an Anabaptist mar­tyr, a tailor of Utrecht, Dutch province of Holland. About to be seized as a Mennonite, he fled to Antwerp. His wife, not a Mennonite, joined him later and died there. But Jacob and his two grown sons, Andries (or Adriaen) and Hans (or Jan), were seized and condemned to death. On the way to the place of execution his youngest son, Peter, met them and threw his arms around his father; he was rudely torn away. Standing at the scaffold the father asked, "How is it, my dear sons?" Each replied, "Very well, my dear father." They were hanged and then burned on 17 March 1568. An­dries' fiancee and her sister looked on from a dis­tance with sad hearts. Jacob's property was con­fiscated and realized a considerable amount.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 60. All rights reserved.

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