Georg Witzel, was a Lutheran clergyman, formerly pastor in Wenigenlupnitz near Eisenach, Thuringia
, and also 1525-1531 in Memegk near Bitterfeld. He was a friend of the Anabaptist
leader Melchior Rinck
, and at the time of the latter's imprisonment in Vacha was living in the same town. In early 1532 he wrote a letter to Rinck seeking to persuade him to renounce Anabaptism and return to the church. A letter of 24 December 1531, by Witzel to M.B.F. reports the alarming growth of Anabaptism in western Thuringia. (To be found in Wicelii Epistolarum libri quatuor
, Leipzig, 1537.) Witzel was mild in his attitude toward the Anabaptists. In 1533 he returned to the Roman Catholic Church
|| Harold S Bender
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Bender, Harold S. "Witzel, Georg (1501-1573)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Witzel,_Georg_(1501-1573)&oldid=69312.
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