Hattavier, Izak (d. 1657)

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Izak Hattavier (Hattawer), a Dutch merchant of Amsterdam, where he died 1657, was a member and likely a deacon or elder of the Reformed (Walloon) or Lutheran church of his home town. Through his business connections becoming acquainted with the troubles of the persecuted Anabaptists at Zürich, Switzerland, he informed the Mennonites of Amsterdam concerning the fate of their Swiss brethren about 1643. Thereupon the Amsterdam Mennonites through the intercession of Hattavier sent 200 Talers to Zürich for their co-religionists. A proposal was made to have them migrate to Holland, but this was fruitless. Hattavier corresponded with J. H. Ott (Ottius) in Zürich in 1645 and asked whether the rumors that the Anabaptists there were severely persecuted were true or not. Ott answered that the accounts were true but largely exaggerated. Hattavier was not a Mennonite as Antje Brons states. Van Braght, who mentions (Martyr’s Mirror: 1,104) that Hattavier was present when Hans Landis was decapitated in Zürich in 1614, also says (p. 1,119) that in 1642 the city government of Amsterdam wrote a letter to the government of Zürich in behalf of the presecuted.


Brons, A. Ursprung, Entwicklung und Schicksale . . . der Mennoniten. 3rd ed. Amsterdam, 1912: 189 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 327.

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 178.

Ottius, J. H. Annales Anabaptistici. Basel, 1672: 302 ff., 327 ff.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 678-679. All rights reserved.

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