Passau (Freistaat Bayern, Germany)

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Passau, Germany Source: Wikipedia Commons Wikipedia Commons
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Passau (coordinates: 48° 34′ 0″ N, 13° 28′ 0″ E), a city on the Danube in Lower Bavaria, Germany, once a fortress, where, according to some reports, a small Anabaptist congregation formed at the beginning of the Reformation period. In 1527 Hans Hut baptized Hermann Kheil, a citizen of Passau (Vergicht Passau, 4 February 1529; Nicoladoni: 28). Wolfgang Brandhuber, Lienhard Stieglitz, and other Anabaptist leaders stemmed from Passau. The appendix to Nicoladoni's book contains the records of several Anabaptist trials in Passau. In 1537 about sixty Anabaptists on their way from Moravia to South Germany, were seized in Passau and held in the castle prison for five years. Many died including the song writers Hans Betz (Petz) and Bernhard (Michael) Schneider. The prisoners wrote fifty-one hymns, which are contained in the Ausbund. (See also Philippites.)


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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Neff, Christian. "Passau (Freistaat Bayern, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 24 Mar 2018.,_Germany)&oldid=60060.

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Neff, Christian. (1959). Passau (Freistaat Bayern, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2018, from,_Germany)&oldid=60060.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 122. All rights reserved.

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