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Konrad (Coenraet, Coenraad, Conraad, Conrad) Koch, an Anabaptist martyr of Honnef on the Rhine, in the Löwenberg area of the duchy of Berg, Germany, was beheaded there on 26 November 1565 after he had remained true and steadfast through a long imprisonment. From prison he wrote two short letters describing his life and asserting his determination to suffer death for his faith. He asks his friends' intercession, that the Lord might give him the strength to do so, to God's glory and his own salvation. The book Güldene Aepffel in Silbern Schalen prints his letters (pp. 132-136) and says that he came from Leuenburch (Löwenberg). With Heinrich Koenen of Breidtbach (of whom nothing else is known) he wrote the song, "Hört zu, ihr Christen alle."


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685. Part II, 324-326.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 686-688. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 516.

W. "Taufer im bergischen Amt Löwenburg." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (1955 and 1956).

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 100. Available in full electronic text at

Author(s) Neff Christian
Date Published 1957

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Christian, Neff. "Koch, Konrad (d. 1565)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 29 Apr 2017.,_Konrad_(d._1565)&oldid=65992.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 210. All rights reserved.

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