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Gottlieb Konrad Pfeffel (1736-1809), an Alsatian writer of fables. In his fable about the wild boar and the birds he has a Mennonite play the part of a frank and courageous friend of the truth: “ ‘Sir,’ said his renter Hans, an intelligent Mennonite, who was just riding past the forest on his way from the market, ‘appearances deceive you; from the stirred up earth many a worm creeps forth; with a cry of joy the gay flock of birds pounces upon it, and this fellow thinks that their melody is coined because of his merit’ ” (free English rendering of German verse).


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 359.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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Neff, Christian. "Pfeffel, Gottlieb Konrad (1736-1809)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 13 Feb 2016.,_Gottlieb_Konrad_(1736-1809)&oldid=67031.

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Neff, Christian. (1959). Pfeffel, Gottlieb Konrad (1736-1809). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 February 2016, from,_Gottlieb_Konrad_(1736-1809)&oldid=67031.

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