Michael Kürschner (Kirsner, Kirschner, Klesinger), an Anabaptist martyr, was baptized in June 1528 in Eisack Valley of Tyrol, Austria (now Italy), by Georg Zaunring, who was later the traveling companion of Jakob Hutter, and was appointed by Zaunring as the head of the local Anabaptist group. His mission field after August was the Eisack and Adige Valley, especially around Teutsch-Noffen, Gufidaun, Kurtatsch, Kaltern, Leifers, and Klausen, where he baptized over 100 persons. Before his conversion to Anabaptism he had been court recorder at Völs. The authorities kept a sharp lookout for him and caught him and seven others at a service on the night of 25 April 1529 at Kitzbühel. He was taken to Innsbruck and imprisoned in the Krauter tower. He refused all attempts to convert him, and died at the stake on 2 June 1529 at Innsbruck. The authorities were in such haste with this execution that they did not even wait for word from Ferdinand, to whom the case had been reported (Loserth, 468, 470 f.).
Georg Blaurock, one of the founders of the movement, took charge of the orphaned congregation. He arrived there in May 1529, accompanied by Hans Langegger of Ritten in the Eisack Valley, and after a brief period of work also died at the stake in Klausen.
See also Kuntersweg
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