Weckh, Hans (d. 1558)

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Capture of Hans Smit, Hendrik Adamsz, Hans Bek, Matthijs Smit, Dileman Snijder, and 7 others, Aachen, 1558.
Engraving by Jan Luiken v. 2, p. 209 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Hans Weckh, a Hutterite martyr, was executed with his brother-in-law Heinrich Adams at Aachen on 21 October 1558. (In ML I, 148, and ME I, 11, he is erroneously called Hans Beck.) Weckh was one of a company of twelve, six brethren and six sisters, led by Hans Schmid, who were sent on a missionary tour to the Netherlands and were all arrested in Aachen on 9 January 1558, when a meeting was surprised by the authorities. Five of the men were executed, Schmid on 19 October 1558, Matthias Schmidt and Tillman Schneider on 4 January 1559, and Weckh and Heinrich Adam(s) on 21 October 1558. The sixth brother apostatized and was released, but later repented and joined the church again. The six women were severely scourged and released.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: Part II, 209-211.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 588- 590.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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