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Decapitation of Hans Misel, Warthausen, 1571.
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 561 of Dutch edition.
Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives

Hans Missel, an Anabaptist martyr, still a young man, was betrayed and arrested at Langenschemmern in the Biberach district of Württemberg, Germany, and was taken to Warthausen and beheaded on 13 December 1571. He went to his death with joy. The executioner testified of him, "This man is better than all of us together." His suffering is described in the song, "Merkt auf, ihr gelibten Brüdermein," found in Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder and in Liliencron's anthology.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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, 561.

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: 893 f. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III: 140.

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Liliencron, R. Zur Liederdichtung der Wiedertaufer. Munich. 1875: 49-51.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923: 359-361.

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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