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Reinhardsbrunn, a village (pop. 800) in the government district of Hausbreitenbach, Thuringia, Germany, which now belongs to Friedrichroda, but in the 16th century belonged to the duchy of Gotha. Reinhardsbrunn is of importance in Mennonite history in the fact that here and in the castle nine Anabaptists were imprisoned in January 1530 and cross-examined by Friedrich Myconius, the superintendent of Gotha. Six of them remained steadfast—three recanted—and were put to death on 18 January 1530. Their joyful martyrdom attracted much attention in the electorate of Saxony. No seditious charges could be proved against them; they were executed for their faith. They were Andreas and Katharina Kolb, Christoph Ortlep, Katharina König, Elsa Kuntz, and Barbara Unger. In August 1533 another Anabaptist was held here and examined by Friedrich Myconius, but was released upon recanting.


Wappler, Paul. Die Täuferbewegung in Thüringen von 1526-1584. Jena: Gustav Fisher, 1913: 12 (Where an excerpt is given from the book bv Justus Menius, Der widderteuffer lere vnd geheimnis, aus heiliger Schrift widerlegt; and 135, where the trial is described and the Anabaptist defendants named.)

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 455 f.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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