A History of the Münster Anabaptists: Inner Emigration and by George von der Lippe, V. Reck-Malleczewen

By George von der Lippe, V. Reck-Malleczewen

A defining paintings within the "Inner Emigration" literary flow, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's heritage of the Münster Anabaptists was once written in 1937 as a feedback of the Nazi regime. This English translation contains files, scholarly essays, and an in depth advent.

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11. 12. 13. 14. 13 cause in the Peasants’ War of 1525, while Luther remained on the side of the nobility. Münzer was finally captured by Philipp Landgrave of Hesse (who will play an important role in the fate of Münster’s Anabaptists) and executed with Luther’s approval. Zittau is a city located in the southeast of the Bundesrepublik in the state of Sachsen. This is an area where Luther’s Reformation began to take on a more politicized, radical, proletarian character. Melchior Hoffman (1495–1543), the son a fur trader, eventually became an itinerant preacher and fur trader known as the “Anabaptist Apostle of the North,” finding many converts in Northern Germany, Holland, Friesland, and Scandinavia.

Rothmann’s reply, in order to obviate the presence of spies, is to move services into the private homes of pious brothers, to which one could only obtain access by showing a prearranged sign. In public too they now recognize each other by a small copper pin with the letters DWWF: “Das Wort ward Fleisch” (“The Word Became Flesh”); other than that they are no longer forced to secrecy and illegality in the rebellious city. In the streets the mob, which in the meantime has been armed, has become so combative that those who have remained faithful to the old beliefs turn their homes into armed camps and form something of a militia.

It is more likely that Bockelson escaped censorship and was published simply by accident, or because it found a publisher willing to take the risk of publishing it because no one had denounced it. Reck-Malleczewen’s book may also have benefited from the numerous rivals and conflicting opportunists in the cultural bureaucracy of the Third Reich who allowed a number of works slip through. Jan-Peter Barbian confirms the possibility of such scenarios in his recent study Literaturpolitik im “Dritten Reich” (1995).

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